Warne questions severity of punishments in Australia ball-tampering scandal

Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft may have got away with his now infamous attempt to alter the condition of the ball in the third test against South Africa at Newlands had he not panicked and stuffed the evidence down his pants.

The Australian opener Cameron Bancroft has been banned for 9 months.

Sacked Australia captain Steve Smith and David Warner have both been banned for 12 months for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, Cricket Australia (CA) announced Wednesday, after uncovering a web of lies told by the players after they were caught.

The 28-year-old was deemed to have knowledge of a plan to alter the condition of the ball, which CA alleges David Warner developed and provided instructions for Cameron Bancroft to carry out with sandpaper, and of failing to try to stop its implementation.

"I'm sorry", a tearful Smith said in a five-minute press conference after being sent home in disgrace from South Africa.

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine is to take over the captaincy for the fourth and final Test starting in Johannesburg tomorrow, with hosts South Africa leading 2-1 as Matt Renshaw, Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns fly to South Africa to replace the exiled trio.

Williamson said he had been in touch by text with Warner, with whom he plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.

Former captain Steve Smith's days as a Weet-Bix kid are also over, with Sanitarium dropping Smith from its endorsements.

"The BCCI hopes that the cricketers participating in the IPL hold the highest regard for the spirit of cricket and code of conduct for players and match officials", India's governing body added in a statement.

The ban covers global and Australian domestic cricket, while Warner will not be considered for "any team leadership positions in the future". "I don't know if Warner will be appearing somewhere, but the captain bears the responsibility". Warner had captained Australia's T20 team. They will also have to complete 100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket to regain the trust of the fans.

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. "I love the game of cricket, I love entertaining young kids, I love kids wanting to play the great game of cricket that I love", he said.

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

Although Smith and Bancroft have fronted up the media soon after the outbreak of the scandal, Warner, who is termed as the instigator in the entire row and someone who tutored Bancroft to tamper with the ball, had remained quite even as the Australian cricket team continued to face a lot heat.

  • Rosalie Stanley