Cricket Australia dismiss Lehmann reports

Ross Houston
March 27, 2018

Following the incident, a number of players in the squad have also urged Cricket Australia to get Warner removed for his disgraceful behaviour on the fellow-mates.

De Villiers told Australian radio station RSN927 that he had tipped off the camera crew that caught Cameron Bancroft rubbing the ball with a piece of yellow tape which the batsman then tried to hide.

The International Cricket Council fined Steven Smith and suspended from the fourth Test against South over breaching the code of conduct.

Kevin Pietersen claimed neither Smith, Darren Lehmann nor bowling coach David Saker could continue in their roles, saying they had "disgraced" their country and the game. As per latest reports, Smith and Warner may be banned for life by Cricket Australia (CA).

Smith, who is on a $1.9-million contract with Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals, was also replaced as skipper of the IPL outfit on Monday, ahead of the season starting April 7. The future of Smith and Lehmann hangs in balance.

"We know Australians want answers and we will keep you updated on our findings and next steps, as a matter of urgency", Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said. So if you're wondering why this isn't ball tampering but using a sandpaper is, here's why. "I'm sure it's a really tough time for him, when I went through it in Australia, people were attacking me and my personality, which he probably hasn't felt before and is unfortunate", Du Plessis said.

The former South Africa stumper has called on the member nations to uphold the spirit of the game. We're breaking down the ball-tampering row, who participated in it and what it means for the teams involved.

The team's head of integrity Iain Roy and performance manager Pat Howard are traveling to South Africa Sunday to investigate what happened.

"I can't believe the leadership group has made the decision to do this, that they've gone and got the young kid who's played is eighth test match to do that". "I was extremely disappointed and shocked to hear the news this morning after the events in Cape Town yesterday, ' he said".

"We recognise how important the fans are to our game, and this process is the beginning of restoring your faith in Australian Cricket".

Smith was handed a one-match ban and fined 100 per cent of his match fee following the ball-tampering incident.

According to de Villiers, the Australian cricket team could not have achieved reverse swing so early in the third Test without altering the shape of the ball.

Smith accepted the charge and the proposed sanction of two suspension points which equates to a ban for the next Test match and which will see four demerit points added to his record. Australia pride themselves on playing "hard but fair" and it's time they climbed down from that high horse and introspected.

A team on the other side of the world had already taken action against Smith, indicating the far-reaching effect of his actions.

Clarke has likened the ball-tampering affair to "a bad dream" and cricketing greats have slammed Smith and his team-mates for bringing the game into disrepute.

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