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Former skipper Ian Chappell doesn't see Steve Smith captaining Australia again

Former skipper Ian Chappell doesn't see Steve Smith captaining Australia again

Cricket Australia confirmed the sanctions following an investigation into the incident by their "Head of Integrity" Iain Roy.

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke, the man Smith succeeded in 2015, believes there is more to the story that meets the eye.

"It is hoped that following a period of suspension, the players will be able to return to playing the game they love and eventually rebuild their careers".

Few expected the career of Australia's Ashes-winning captain to unravel in such spectacular fashion but signs of a demise had already been evident previous year when Smith underwent what he called a "brain fade" in India.

"It has probably given the ICC a lot more headaches and the opportunity now is for the governing bodies to show us, where is this line?"

Smith had also been charged for "seeking to mislead Match Officials and others regarding Bancroft's attempts to artificially alter the condition of the ball; and misleading public comments regarding the nature, extent and participants of the plan". "I mean, there's no need for the Australians to cheat because they're a bloody good team".

"I think it's a big embarrassment", said Sally.

So one-year bans for Smith and Warner, and nine months for Bancroft were no surprise.

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The CA statement said Smith and Bancroft would not be considered for team leadership positions until a minimum of 12 months after the end of their suspensions, but Warner will be barred from such positions in the future.

Warne said that the players' embarrassing act called for a hefty fine but not a 12-month ban.

Captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft have been expelled from Australia's current tour of South Africa for their involvement in the scandal that has hogged the headlines since Sunday.

Contrary to Australian media reports, coach Darren Lehmann was not involved in the plot, hatched during the lunch break on Saturday, to scuff up the ball with a small piece of improvised sand paper and had no prior knowledge of it, Sutherland said. They previously stepped down as the respective captains of Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The incident that led to the entire controversy and the subsequent suspensions took place during South Africa's innings on Saturday afternoon when Bancroft was captured on TV cameras holding a foreign object while rubbing the ball, before hiding the object in his pocket, then inside his pants.

Smith's next game for Australia will nearly certainly be a warm-up game for next year's World Cup in England, which is followed by an away Ashes campaign. "He sent a message to say "what the hell is going on", except he didn't use the word "hell", Sutherland told reporters at the Australia team hotel in Johannesburg.

Their ban also ruled out participation for the pair in this year's Indian Premier League but minutes before the Australian sanctions were handed down, the IPL announced neither would be welcome this year.