South Africa hope for strong action from ICC

Steve Smith has stepped down as Australia's cricket captain for the rest of the third Test against South Africa after his team cheated earlier in the match.

On the board decision to appoint an acting captain, Cricket Australia chairman, David Peever said: "The board of Cricket Australia has endorsed Tim Paine to step in as acting captain for the remainder of this Test". Watch News Nation's special coverage to know more details regarding the same. "It looks bad, a premeditated move to get reverse swing and a blatant attempt to ball tamper".

Worldwide cricket bosses suspended Australia captain Steve Smith for one match and docked his entire match fee for the current Test after he admitted responsibility for the ball-tampering scandal in the ongoing game against South Africa.

The "friendless" Australian cricket team and under-fire captain Steve Smith have been described as a "train wreck" as the sport comes to terms with their ball-tampering confession.

"All we spoke about today as a team was when we crossed the line to go out and do our jobs and to compete and for the first half of the day I thought we did that reasonably well with the ball and then started okay with the bat".

ICC chief executive David Richardson charged Smith under the Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel which prohibits "all types of conduct of a serious nature that is contrary to the spirit of the game".

These and more questions of rampant ill-tempered player behaviour and where to draw the line will continue to haunt the sport, which has suffered another body blow after the match-fixing saga nearly two decades ago damaged its very foundations.

Born in Sydney in 1989, Smith made his first-class debut for New South Wales in 2008, graduating to the Test team as frontline spinner and number eight batsman two years later.

Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft admitted that there plan to tamper with the ball was premeditated.

"I understand that that is not necessarily the fullness of response that everyone is looking for right now, but you will appreciate that there's an element of process that needs to be undertaken here", Sutherland told reporters. I'm not proud of it. It´s not in the spirit of the game.

Bancroft explained that the yellow tape was part of the Australian kit "connected to some padding" and that "the actual sticky stuff itself could be used to collect some stuff from the side of the pitch". "I'd like to take the opportunity to apologise to our fans and the Australians back home and over here, they deserve better than what we put up on Saturday." he said during the post-match ceremony.

"The statement from them said it was the "leadership group" and therefore it was quite a few people involved so we'll see how the ICC deals with the situation".

The incident that led to the charges being laid took place during South Africa's innings on Saturday afternoon when Bancroft was seen on television holding a foreign object while rubbing the ball, before hiding the object in his pocket, then inside his pants.

The pair's defiant batting provided some cheer for the Australians after South Africa added 105 runs to their overnight total of 238 for five, taking the match beyond the realistic reach of the tourists.

"I expected them to take responsibility for it and do something but not during a Test match".

"I'm not sure how Australia can have a national captain that has openly admitted to cheating".

South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee.

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