Ball-Tampering Scandal: Defamed Trio Steve Smith, David Warner And Cameron Bancroft Sent Home From SA

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| March 28 , 2018 , 12:06 IST

Australian cricketers Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have been suspended after by Cricket Australia on Tuesday in wake of ball-tampering incident. The trio will miss the fourth test against South Africa.

After a CA investigation, the trio was found guilty of breaching article 2.3.5 of Cricket Australia's Code of Conduct and will fly to Australia on Wednesday. The sanctions on Smith, Warner and Bancroft will be revealed within 24 hours of the announcement.

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In their absence, Tim Paine has been appointed as the interim captain while Matthew Renshaw, Joe Burns and Glenn Maxwell have been called up as their replacements.

Meanwhile, head coach David Lehman will retain his spot as head coach amid controversies.

James Sutherland, chief executive of Cricket Australia, when asked about the participation of Smith and Warner in the Indian Premier League, said it will depend on the sanction and what BCCI makes of it.

The incident took place on the third day of the third Test on Sunday when Bancroft was caught on camera using what is believed to be a tape before attempting to hide the object down the front of his pants moments before the umpires seemingly inquired about the contents of his pockets.

However, Smith and Bancroft admitted to the offence after play on the day, and Bancroft was charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for altering the condition of the ball.