Ball-tampering row: Smith, Warner handed one year ban by Cricket Australia

Ball-tampering row: Smith, Warner handed one year ban by Cricket Australia

Ball-tampering row: Smith, Warner handed one year ban by Cricket Australia

CA boss James Sutherland announced on Wednesday morning that Warner, Smith and Bancroft would be sent home over their roles in the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked Australian cricket.

Warner was identified as the instigator of the tampering in the findings of the Cricket Australia investigation, instructing junior batsman Cameron Bancroft how to scuff up one half of the ball with sandpaper during the third test against South Africa.

He also apologised for his actions. "It is hoped that following a period of suspension, the players will be able to return to playing the game they love and eventually rebuild their careers", he said. "As a coach you feel for them. they are hurting, and I feel for them and their families", he said. Cameron Bancroft, the player caught tampering with the ball, was banned from playing for nine months and from captaincy for 12 months after the completion of his ban.

It comes as cricket commentators around the world speak out in support of Warner, despite his portrayal in some circles as the villain of Aussie cricket.

Whether Warner resumes his worldwide career appears unclear, with the mood in the Australian camp having reportedly turned against him, while his vocal position in last year's pay dispute has left few allies at board level.

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Following a crushing 322-run loss in that fated third test in Cape Town, Australia trails 2-1 in the series and faces losing a series in South Africa for the first time in almost 50 years. "The team has been perceived quite negatively in recent times and there is a need for us to change some of the philosophies about the way we play".

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For his part in the incident, Bancroft was handed a nine-month suspension from global and Australian domestic cricket. We've got to make sure we are respecting the game, its traditions and understand the game itself around the world.

Smith, who along with his deputy David Warner was banned for a year, arrived here on Thursday and appeared before the media when he admitted that the Cape Town ball tampering scandal was a failure of his leadership.

Williamson might have welcomed the chance to join many other leading current or former players in piling on to the pugnacious Warner. Nearly simultaneously, sporting goods company ASICS announced it was ending its relationship with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, two of the players at the heart of the cheating incident.

Instead he expressed sympathy and understanding for Warner and Smith who, he said, were paying heavily for a single lapse in judgment.

All three players have been barred from the lucrative Twenty20 Indian Premier League, with Smith and Warner earlier relinquishing the captaincies of their franchises. They have made a grave mistake, but they are not bad people.

"I think most importantly, I have incredibly fond memories of him and Dale Steyn at their best and they were a really formidable unit".

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