During the test against South Africa , Cameroon Bancroft was found misbehaving with the ball. After Smith confessed that , the plan was not of Bancroft alone but senior players too were involved.
This confession by Smith , burned out the issue. ICC punished , Smith , Warner and Bancroft with match fees along with demerit points. But , issue got fired up , seeking Australian PM’s attention. And yesterday during the conference , CEO of Cricket Australia had declared that the trio will not be available for the final test , and will be sanctioned within 24 hours.
Resultingly, today CA(Cricket Australia ) announced the bans for these players. Captain Steve Smith and Vice Captain David Warner stepped down from their respective positions . On the other side , Smith ended up the contract with Rajasthan Royals and Sunriser’s David Warner stepped down as captain .
While Cameroon Bancroft, the player to alter the condition of the ball, has been slapped with a 9-month ban as Cricket Australia came down heavily on the errant trio which disgraced itself in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
Steve Smith and Warner also stood down as captain and vice-captain of the Australian squad after the duo was found guilty hatching plot to alter the condition of the ball to gain undue advantage.
However, chief coach Darren Lehmann was surprisingly given a clean chit after CA concluded its preliminary investigations yesterday.
Tim Paine will captain Australia in the final Test match in Johannesburg with reinforcements in middle-order batsman Glenn Maxwell along with openers Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw scheduled to arrive on Thursday.