Steve Smith, David Warner, Cameron Bancroft likely to get sanctioned

Moises Henriques Tweets The Australian Team was Aware of Cameron Bancroft Tampering the ball

Moises Henriques Tweets The Australian Team was Aware of Cameron Bancroft Tampering the ball

AUSTRALIA should forfeit the fourth Test starting Friday and therefore the series against South Africa after their ball-tampering scandal during the third Test, according to former national player Jimmy Maher.

Ball tampering is an action in which a fielder illegally alters the condition of the ball.

Smith stood down from his captaincy role at the Rajasthan Royals, while Warner's fate at SunRisers Hyderabad will be decided by the IPL club upon cricket Australia's verdict over the coming days.

On the face of it, the one-match ban imposed by the ICC, as well as a 100% match fee fine, might seem relatively lenient. Although Bancroft was the directly guilty party his penalty was less severe, a nod to his junior role within the side.

ICC chief executive David Richardson said the sport needed to "have a hard look at itself". Everything else is considered tampering with the ball. But in the third Test, Bancroft, the junior most member of the team, was asked to do Warner's duties.

Arguably, it's the injury to the "spirit of the game", a nebulous concept unique to cricket and enshrined in the laws of the game, that is causing much of the outrage around Smith's actions. "We have to raise the bar across all areas".

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Smith added that the ICC needed to review their match referees and the processes by which they made decisions.

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen also shared the Triple J's video. Lehmann, Saker & the leaderships groups jobs are untenable! That they are garnering little empathy from any corner shows what the rest of the cricketing world thinks of them.

"Smith insisted the head coach knew nothing of the scheme during the lunch break", he said.

"The ASC condemns cheating of any form in sport". The ASC expects and requires that Australian teams and athletes demonstrate unimpeachable integrity in representing our country.

After reaching 57-0, Australia lost all 10 wickets in a session after that for just 50 more runs, an embarrassing collapse that underlined the shattered morale of the team.

"Cricket Australia is dealing with it, they have to investigate it and they have to act, continue to act decisively and emphatically". That's the least one can do to deter other cricketers from such misadventures in the future. I hope that Cricket Australia will take a concrete step soon. That is when commentator and former South African Test fast bowler Fanie de Villiers sensed that Australia may have been doing something untoward with the ball, he told RSN Radio.

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But what sets the "sandpaper scandal" apart is the involvement of the Australian team leadership.

"That's not Australia for me", Smith said of opponents who he said had always played "hard but fair" in his encounters with them over the course of a 12-year worldwide career. How can our team by engaged in cheating like this?

"Let me tell you what has happened today from my point of view".

South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel took 5-23 in Australia's second innings and nine wickets in the match in what is his last series in global cricket. Also, the sources are saying that these both could get "exemplary punishment" and this could be bad for sure.

"Actually, I think he (Smith) had a brain fade".

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