Tapegate: Teammates turn on Steve Smith for suggesting they were involved

27 March, 2018, 19:07 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Steve Smith is the immediate casualty from the ball tampering crisis but it could also have an effect on Cricket

Smith and Warner were stood down from their leadership roles in their 322-run loss to South Africa in the third Test with Tim Paine taking over as the Australian skipper role. "It's been a awful 24 hours. I think that's huge".

Contacted by Omnisport on Tuesday, Cricket Australia dismissed the reports and said it was awaiting the outcome of its investigation after CEO James Sutherland travelled to South Africa. According to cricket.com.au, CA Head of Integrity Iain Roy was given the responsibility of carrying out the investigation at the team hotel. When the Prime Minister goes on the record as being "shocked and disgusted" that the Baggy Green could be treated with such contempt, you're in trouble. "Please tell me this is a bad dream".

"While we are yet to hear the full story of what happened in the Australian dressing room at lunchtime on the 3rd day of the 3rd Test, Steve Smith has admitted that he and the "leadership team" were responsible and accountable for the decision to cheat by tampering with the ball", the 64-year-old added.

What are the ways in which the ball is tampered?

He and senior players conspired to change the condition of the ball using sticky tape and grit from the pitch with Australia's opening batsman Cameron Bancroft caught on camera using the tape.

In this case, Smith has been banned for one match and fined his match fee.

However, television broadcast vision which surfaced on Monday also appeared to show Lehmann speaking on a radio to Peter Handscomb moments before the Australian 12th man walked out to the middle of the field to deliver a message to Smith. Australian media have been asking tough questions over how much Lehmann knew about the plot. On the conference while confessing Steve Smith said, "We'll move past this", on Saturday.

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"The Australian cricket team are iconic representatives of our country".

Turnbull said: "Our cricketers are role models and cricket is synonymous with fair play".

A number of his teammates reportedly asked Cricket Australia bosses to "remove" him from the hotel, warning of an incoming "incident" if he stayed.

"It is a very hard time for members of Australian cricket; however, I believe there is a golden opportunity to reset the dial around player and staff behaviours, actions and decision-making", he told reporters. Australia were in a game but the Proteas clearly favourites to win.

The main fallout for the Australians will come in two parts. He'll miss the decisive last test of the series. David Warner also stood down from his role as vice-captain, while questions remain over coach Darren Lehmann although Smith said the former Australian worldwide was not involved in the conspiracy.

When games are evenly matched, small gains from cheating can be enough to swing the result one way. With Cricket Australia under tremendous pressure, Australian coach Darren Lehmann is also likely to get a boot.

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