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Ball-tampering: Steve Smith, David Warner get 12-month bans

29 March 2018

All three players have been encouraged to keep playing club-level cricket to help rebuild relations with the cricketing community and have been instructed to complete 100 hours of voluntary service to cricket.

"I've seen Steve and he is distraught. very upset", Sutherland said.

"They go to the integrity and reputation of Australian Cricket and Australian sport and the penalties must reflect that". "The three Australians made a mistake and have had to pay the price for it". We love all our players and they are going through a really rough time, as you'd imagine you would be in this scenario.

The Cricket Australia punishments followed an internal investigation into the extent of the cheating plot in South Africa. That is why the process has had to be thorough to ensure that all relevant issues have been examined. "No other players or support staff had prior knowledge and this includes Darren Lehmann, who despite inaccurate media reports, has not resigned from his position", said Sutherland.

Sutherland also announced that Cricket Australia will provide more details in due course of an independent review into the "conduct and culture of our Australian men's team".

And ex-Australia global Warne, who was handed a one-year suspension in 2003 after testing positive for a banned substance, says the reaction to the incident has gone over the top.

The ball tampering plan could be seen as being nearly comical if it hadn't destroyed reputations and possibly careers.

Looking at the case of Australia's shamed skipper, the newspaper says that "Smith could unravel in exile". "Now they are anxious about him".

Lehmann, who has been cleared of any involvement in the plot which led to Bancroft using sandpaper to scratch the surface of the ball before hiding the evidence down his pants, told reporters that the three players are "not bad people".

CA chief executive James Sutherland met with the disgraced trio behind closed doors at the team hotel in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning.

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"The team has been received quite negatively in recent times and there is a need for us to change some of the philosophies".

Waugh, who always believed in the sanctity of the Baggy Green added: "The Australian Cricket team has always believed it could win in any situation against any opposition, by playing combative, skillful and fair cricket, driven by our pride in the fabled Baggy Green".

An official announcement of their suspensions is expected soon. After Saturday's play, Smith and Bancroft admitted to tampering with the ball.

The player who actually tampered with the ball, Cameron Bancroft, has been banned for nine months.

"I know Steve and David well, I don't know Cameron but I feel sorry for all of them".

Smith and Warner were stood down from their positions of captain and vice-captain on Tuesday and were asked to leave the current tour of South Africa, along with Bancroft.

Smith, the top test batsman in the world and the star of Australian cricket, knew about the plan.

As vice-captain, Warner was a key cog in that leadership group.

Meanwhile, Shukla confirmed that Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad will get replacements for Smith and Warner, respectively.

As per the punishment handed out, the players have been banned from all elite Australian cricket, although they can play grade cricket.

Ball-tampering: Steve Smith, David Warner get 12-month bans