Steve Smith tampered the ball and he get punished on the remaining test against South Africa and they get looses the third test by great margin.
It has been a horrible 24 hours. They are struggling but the reality and the enormity of what's happened has probably started to sink in," added Paine.
By then, it's possible that Smith may have resigned, been sacked or even handed a longer ban for his role in one of the sport's worst cheating scandals.
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In an astonishing development, the captain said he hatched a plot to tamper with the ball in the third Test against South Africa, which saw teammate Cameron Bancroft use yellow sticky tape on Saturday in Cape Town to try and alter its condition.
To cheat is just not in the spirit of what Australians do. They fight hard, they play hard, but they don't cheat," cricket fan Steve Chaka told AFP in Sydney.
Even though Cricket Australia’s investigation into the ball-tampering saga from the third Test against South Africa is not complete, James Sutherland has announced that the troika of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will be sent back home on Wednesday.
Bancroft used a strip of yellow sticky tape he had covered with dirt granules to illegally scratch the rough side of the ball, in an attempt to generate more swing for Australia's bowlers.
Matthew Renshaw, Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns are the three replacements for the squad till the end of the tour and they will join the squad within the next 24 hours,” Sutherland told reporters present at the briefing.
The last few weeks have been really dark for the cricketing world. With controversies all around the park, the ball-tampering controversy of Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft has sparked the cricketing nation with everyone criticizing the unfair act performed by the Australian skipper.
With Steve Smith owning his mistake, doesn't he deserve a second chance? After seeing the fact that his counterpart Faf du Plessis was too found guilty of the same act and that too twice where he was charged 50% of his match fee and then 100% with some demerit points. Faf was announced the captain of the test side very next month!
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