Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to be sent home

Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to be sent home

Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to be sent home

Written by Keshala Dias

28 Mar, 2018 | 11:59 am

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

Darren Lehmann will remain as Australia head coach.

Speaking to reporters assembled inside a Johannesburg hotel on Tuesday, the Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said the board will be “in a position to announce sanctions” in the next 24 hours and that “as a matter of emergency” its investigation will be completed by Wednesday (March 28).

Sutherland added that the sanctions to be handed down to Smith, Warner and Bancroft within the next 24 hours will be “significant”.

He said: “It is not in the spirit of the game. It is not a good day for Australian cricket.”

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine has been named as captain for the rest of the series.


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