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Smith, Warner banned for one year; Bancroft for nine months

Smith, Warner banned for one year; Bancroft for nine months

While addressing the press, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said, "Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft all charged after it was found they had prior knowledge of the ball tampering incident".

Both Smith and Warner had already stepped down as captains of their respective Indian Premier League (IPL) teams and after this latest sanction by Cricket Australia, the BCCI have sprung into action and banned the disgraced duo from the cash-rich league altogether.

Echoing comments from the London-based Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), guardians of the "spirit of cricket" gentleman's code that is supposed to guide the ethos of game, Sutherland said Australia and others must take a long look in the mirror.

Cricket Australia said Smith and Warner can not play any first-class cricket - at worldwide or provincial level - in Australia for a year.

Former Aussie Test spinner Gavin Robertson told Fox Sports News on Tuesday that the morale within the dressing room is at an all-time low and players want to leave the tour mid-way and abandon the Fourth Test, starting on Friday.

South Africa defeated Australia to take 2-1 lead in the series.

Tim Paine has officially been appointed the captain of the team.

Captain Smith said he had brought the game into disrepute, as he was among the "leadership group" that devised a plan to tamper with the ball.

Cricket Australia is yet to confirm the sanctions off the back of the findings from the investigation into the ball-tampering incident carried out by CA Head of Integrity Iain Roy.

He added: "I want to also apologise to Cricket South Africa and South African fans that this issue has overshadowed what should have been a great series".

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"They are going to break apart in the next couple days", Robertson said. Bancroft has also been banned but for nine months.

All three players will also be required to undertake 100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket.

Sutherland said: "The sanctions we have announced are significant for the individuals involved".

His first thought was that Bancroft may have been subtly coerced, similar to the way that rookie players are often placed in the more unsafe fielding positions close to the bat, or that he felt his selection may have been in jeopardy if he didn't come up with a way to help the team.

The match was played in Newlands, Cape Town.

Sutherland promised that the immediate cricket fates of Smith, Warner and Bancroft would be known within a day.

"Prior knowledge of the ball tampering incident was limited to three players..."

Earlier this week, the International Cricket Council announced it would ban Smith for one match and fine him all of his match fee.

Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft are being sent home from South Africa for ball-tampering in the third Test in Cape Town.

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.


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