Relations with Australia unaffected by scandal - Moosajee

Reaction after Australia captain Steve Smith confessed that the team's "leadership group" had hatched a plan to alter the condition of the ball during the third day of the third test against South Africa.

After Cricket Australia confirmed that Smith and Warner had agreed to step down from the roles of captain and the vice-captain of the team respectively for the remaining of the South Africa series, reports have emerged that IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals are also planning to sack Smith and appoint veteran Ajinkya Rahane as their new captain. Watch News Nation's special coverage to know more details regarding the same.

"Like match-fixing, ball tampering is a cancer and those caught, must be completely cut out".

On a day dominated by the fallout from the revelations of Australian ball-tampering - for which their captain, Steve Smith, has been given a one-match ban - South Africa dominated as they set Australia a target of 430 after being bowled out for 373.

Smith and Warner's demotion came hours after Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull heaped pressure on CA to act swiftly and decisively.

Cricket may not be a gentleman's game in 2018, but surely it has not sunk to such a low that this kind of behaviour can be condoned.

He was emotional about the scandal, expressing sympathy for Smith and his teammates but also slamming the incident as "blatant cheating".

As soon as the incident was shown on the giant screen, the player was questioned in the presence of his captain Steve Smith by the two on-field umpires, Richard Illingworth and Nigel Llong, who, along with third umpire Ian Gould and fourth umpire Allahudien Palekar, later charged Bancroft. This is something I am not proud of but can hopefully learn from.

Smith, Warner and Bancroft were then loudly booed by fans during Australia's second innings. "There's ammunition enough but it's a hard situation that some guys are going to get an opportunity from", he said.


"I think everybody in that dressing room will have known what was going on, a team decision, and it just happened to be Cameron Bancroft who was given the job of the actual ball tampering".

Australia trails South Africa by 294 runs.

"He has said to me that CA will be responding decisively‚ as they should".

Smith absolved coach Darren Lehmann of blame when the saga blew up on Saturday, saying a group of senior players were the drivers of it.

Cameron Bancroft was seen using a foreign object on the ball in an attempt to alter the flight of it before stuffing it down his pants after being spotted by the umpires on day three of the test.

CA chief executive James Sutherland said the governing body was "extremely disappointed and shocked", but added that it wanted to get a clearer picture of the facts before making any decisions. India, in protest, ensured that the last Test lost its official status as an worldwide match.

Michael Clarke, former Australia captainMichael Clarke has said that would consider captaining Australia again if asked to do so by the "right people".

Former South Africa captain Kepler Wessels said the ICC needs to be consistent in their punishment and brought up the case of West Indies wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs, banned for three matches by the ICC for "cheating" in 2001 when he stumped Indian batsmen without a ball in his glove as he broke the wicket.


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