'What the f*** is going on?!': Lehmann cleared in tampering saga

The findings are particularly damning on Warner with seven code-of-conduct breaches listed by CA chiefs.

Warner was also found guilty of "provision of advice to a junior player (Bancroft) regarding how a ball could be artificially altered including demonstrating how it could be done".

They then allegedly "misled match officials through the concealment of his knowledge and involvement in the plan". "The thing for me would be if we take a leaf out of someone like say New Zealand's book the way they play and respect the opposition". We love all our players and they are going through a really rough time, as you'd imagine you would be in this scenario.

According to Cricinfo, Smith and Warner will be banned from cricket for a period of one year, while Bancroft will suffer through a nine-month suspension.

Sutherland and his governing body, under pressure from sponsors and in the midst of negotiations over a new broadcast deal, know they have plenty of work to do over the coming months to restore the image of the sport in Australia.

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine will take over the captaincy for the fourth and final Test starting in Johannesburg on Friday, with hosts South Africa leading a bad-tempered series 2-1.

Smith was charged with "failing to take steps to prevent the implementation" of the tampering idea as captain, but it was former vice-captain Warner who was accused of developing the plan in the first place.

Later on Wednesday, Warner's IPL franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad, announced he had stepped down as captain.

Cricket Australia has issued suspensions to captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft following its investigation into the ball-tampering scandal.

IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla told reporters: "We wanted everything in our own hands. Secretary Mr Amitabh Choudhary, has made a decision to ban Mr Smith and Mr Warner with immediate effect from participation in IPL 2018".

"I have no doubt the current Australian team continues to believe in this mantra, however some have now failed our culture, making a serious error of judgement in the Cape Town Test match".

Smith looked close to tears as he was bundled through the terminal by local police after an emotional few days, which culminated in him and David Warner receiving historic 12-month bans from playing at a national or worldwide level.

After a discussion during a break in play on Saturday, Smith, Warner and Bancroft decided they would try to change the condition of the ball by using a piece of yellow adhesive tape and some dirt collected from the side of the pitch.

In addition to their national suspension, all three players will be barred from representing their states in the Sheffield Shield during this time and can not play in the next edition of Australia's Big Bash League.

Lehmann was not punished but further sanctions on the three players are to be announced said Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland.

"I am satisfied that Darren Lehmann was not involved and didn't know anything about the plan", Sutherland added.

He was referring to frequent comments by Australian cricketers about the limits of acceptable behaviour and "not crossing the line".

  • Joey Payne