Cricket Australia set to wield axe over ball-tampering scandal

Kenny Tucker
March 27, 2018

Even if Lehmann is cleared of any involvement in the affair, there is clearly a mood in Australia that the standards of behaviour of the national team have dropped too far in the five years of his reign.

De Villiers' gut feeling was proved right when television cameras caught Cameron Bancroft red-handed.

According to numerous Cricbuzz sources, expectations are that Smith and Warner - who is also believed to have played a key role - are likely to receive 12-month bans which means they would miss the Australian summer featuring the crux four-Test series against India.

Smith will be replaced as Royals captain by Ajinkya Rahane.

Steve Smith of Australia walks out to bat with David Warner.

"If you are a terrific cricket team you want to be remembered as that - wonderful players, wonderful people". This was admitted as much by Smith at a press conference. Hughes said his fellow West Australian had a strong reputation in cricket circles.

But after Bancroft was caught on camera, Australian captain Steve Smith admitted that the act of ball tampering was masterminded by himself and other seniors in the team. The great Sachin Tendulkar was accused of ball tampering in South Africa in 2001 though the charges were later dropped amid charges of racism against the match referee.

The report claims Lehmann's decision is the reason Sutherland finally chose to travel to South Africa on Monday (AEDT).

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"I think that some of the sledging, as some of the shocking conduct that we have seen, is also part of the process of review and reflection that is going to be undertaken".

One Barmy Army fan asked: "I wonder if Australia tampered with the ball? Our cricketers are our role models and cricket is considered to be a game of gentlemen".

Cricket Australia ceo James Sutherland is due to arrive in South Africa Tuesday afternoon (AEDT), while high performance manager Pat Howard and head of integrity Iain Roy have already arrived to commence investigations.

Smith will not be playing in the fourth Test in Johannesburg of Friday after being suspended and Warner has been ruled out.

Fuller urges the Cricket Australia Board not to repeat other recent failures of governance which he counts as the arrangement with the England and Indian cricket boards to "grab" 52% of worldwide cricket revenues for themselves, and the "debacle" of the long drawn out pay negotiations.

He joined the growing number of cricket commentators to demand Smith be removed from the captaincy.

Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) chief Alistair Nicholson is on deck in Cape Town, where a series of crisis talks are unfolding. "He (Bancroft) probably saw it two minutes after it happened and very smartly our cameraman focused on the coaching staff and we saw the coach (Lehmann) get on the walkie-talkie to the player down on the field (Peter Handscomb), who ran on to speak with Bancroft".

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