Steve Smith Set to Lose Captaincy, Faces Year-long Ban

Smith will not step down after incident. Pic Getty

Smith will not step down after incident. Pic Getty

"This is deeply disappointing and certainly not what anyone expects from our national cricket team", Qantas airlines, whose logo is on the team shirts in South Africa, said.

Cricket Australia, who on Tuesday morning will have Sutherland join Executive General Manager Team Performance Pat Howard and Senior Legal Counsel and Head of Integrity Iain Roy in the probe are under pressure from sponsors and the Australian Government to be "strong and decisive" in their actions.

Commentator Ian Chappell says Smith should not be the sole scapegoat for a "dark day in Australia cricket", while Robert Craddock says the scandal is the "culmination of a grubby win-at-all-costs culture finally crossing from self righteous rule-bending into a world of shameless, bald-face cheating".

Henriques in a series of tweet claimed that the entire story is cooked-up on Smith's part.

Smith admitted that he was party to a decision to attempt to change the condition of the ball in order to gain an unfair advantage during the third day's play in the Cape Town Test against South Africa yesterday.

While Steve Smith was handed a one-match suspension and fined 100% of his match fee, Cameron Bancroft has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee and handed three demerit points.

It could not have come at a worse time for the governing body as CA is at the climax of talks about a five-year broadcast rights deal with Australian television networks.

Smith had previously been stood down as skipper for the rest of the match, with David Warner also dumped as vice-captain - wicket-keeper Tim Paine has been endorsed as acting captain.

"As an global player you should know the rules". I know it must be hard, as he's only 25, to say to your own gaffer - no I'm not doing that.

Fast forward to the Cape Town Test, and the tables are turned completely. "We are in discussions with CA as this issue unfolds". "Now that they're cracking down on it, especially with the points system, we as players know the guidelines now, so if you're going to overstep that mark and you get fined, be prepared to miss Test matches as well".

England captain Joe Root has dismissed rumours that Australia may have tampered with the ball during the recent Ashes series.

Bancroft was caught on camera placing sticky yellow tape, which he used to pick up rough granules off the pitch, into the front of his trousers when he believed his cheat had been spotted by the umpires.

Smith and Warner are in danger of being fired permanently from their positions and even expelled from the team.

A photo showing Aussie cricketer Cameron Bancroft mishandling the ball.

In a front-page headline reflecting the mood of a nation, which feels betrayed, one Australian newspaper said: "Sack them all".

"It seemed completely beyond belief that the Australian cricket team had been involved in cheating".

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who has himself twice been sanctioned for ball-related offences, gave Smith qualified support for coming clean.

"A little birdie tells me that the weak ICC punishment isn't anywhere near what Cricket Australia is thinking", tweeted former England star Kevin Pietersen.

"Personally I don't think Steve Smith can continue as captain".

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