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Australian cricketers' role in cheating plot to be revealed

Australian cricketers' role in cheating plot to be revealed

A number of Australian cricket players have asked for batsman David Warner to be removed from the team hotel to prevent an "incident" occurring between them, Fox Sports Australia is reporting.

They concluded that only Smith, Warner and Bancroft were responsible for the ball tampering, with no other members of the "leadership group" involved.

SOMEHOW Darren Lehmann has survived the axe, with the under fire coach remaining on duty with an Australian team under siege in South Africa.

Smith was banned for one test by the International Cricket Council for bringing the game into disrepute - a sanction in line with previous penalties for ball tampering by other teams - but the Australian public has demanded more.

"This is not what you'd expect from anyone in sport at any level", said a spokeswoman for Lion, which signed a four-year deal with Cricket Australia last year.

Steve Waugh helped formulate a "Spirit of Australian Cricket" pledge during his tenure as captain of the national team, which was one of the most successful in test history.

"That depends as much on how players conduct themselves as it does on winning and losing". "Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft all charged after it was found they had prior knowledge of the ball tampering incident". James Sutherland was clearly holding back his anger and frustration at the behaviour of the two guys in charge of the Australia team, Smith and Warner.

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"Fairfax Media reported exclusively on Monday night that Warner had emerged as the central character in the affair, with suggestions he was the primary figure behind the ill-fated decision for Cameron Bancroft to use a piece of yellow tape to try and alter the condition of the ball during the third Test", the paper said.

Tim Paine will captain Australia in the final Test match with reinforcements in Glenn Maxwell, Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw scheduled to arrive on Wednesday.

Playing in just his second Test, De Villiers took six for 43 and bowled South Africa to an improbable five-run victory in a match in which they had been forced to follow on and in which Shane Warne had taken 12 wickets for Australia.

"I am angry and disappointed".

Questioned whether Lehmann offered to resign, Sutherland replied: "As far as I am aware no he has not, at least not to me". Steve Smith who lead the team since 2015 said that the illegal ball tampering was orchestrated by the team's "leadership group".

Investigation is not yet fully complete, preliminary findings have been considered and discussed by the Cricket Australia board earlier today. Smith said the coaching staff knew nothing of the tampering plan, but ex-internationals are among those critical of the culture of the current team. "However, urgency must be balanced with due process given the serious implications for all involved", Sutherland remarked. "This includes Darren Lehmann", Sutherland said. They want to be proud of their players and this situation is extraordinarily bad for Australian cricket. "It was not in the laws of the game and not in the spirit of the game". The disgraced 31-year-old, who stepped down from his captaincy role alongside Smith for the remainder of the match, was revealed to have gone "rogue" in the days following the Test.