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Sponsor LG drops cricketer David Warner

Sponsor LG drops cricketer David Warner

Cricket Australia (CA) will finalise sanctions for Smith, Warner and Bancroft within the next 24 hours.

This comes at a time when Smith, Australia vice-captain David Warner and guilty party in the ball-tampering scandal Cameron Bancroft were punished to return home from the South Africa tour.

While the three are banned from all elite Australian cricket for 12 months, they can still play grade cricket, said a report in The Sydney Morning Herald.

As was announced on Tuesday, the trio has been sent back to Australia - replaced in the squad by Matthew Renshaw, Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns - while Tim Paine will captain Australia in a game that they must win to earn a share of the series.

However, the recent incident of ball-tampering involving the Australian skipper Steve Smith, Vice Captain David Warner and the youngster Cameron Bankroft who was tasked with undertaking the misdeed. Smith was subsequently handed a ban of one Test match while Bancroft was given three demerit points.

He said: "I still think I am the right person for the job".

Mr Sutherland said team coach Darren Lehmann was not involved in the tampering plot and will continue to manage the team.

The decision of the CA board and Sutherland completes Smith's stunning fall from grace from golden boy to one of the masterminds of one of Australian cricket's lowest ever moments - and all in the space of four days.

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Soon after both Smith and Bancroft admitted that they did try to tamper with the ball, with Smith stating that the "Leadership group" was aware of it, the cricket fraternity condemned the players involved. "People dream about winning a Shield their whole cricket careers and managing to do it at 21 and obviously what's coming (in South Africa), I can look forward to that, but I've got to enjoy a thing that not many people manage to do".

"In regards to the three players on report, I want to stress that we are contemplating significant sanctions in each case", Sutherland told a news conference in Johannesburg.

"It's about the reputation and integrity of Australian cricket and Australian sport and whether Australians can take pride in their national team".

"We are in the middle of such a great series and for something like this to overshadow the great cricket that has been played, that's not what I am about or what the team is about".

In a statement to CNN Money, LG Australia confirmed that it would not renew its sponsorship with Warner.

The initial part of the Cricket Australia investigation has been conducted at the team's luxury Cape Town waterfront hotel, where they were staying before leaving for Johannesburg.

Bancroft bungled it, however, and was caught on TV cameras doing the tampering and then trying to hide the piece of tape down the front of his pants.

The absence of the world's top-ranked Test batsman alone is a huge blow, with du Plessis noting it is "almost like losing two players".


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