Warner, Smith banned for 1 year; Bancroft suspended for 9 months

Steve Smith is one of three players to have been hit with bans

Steve Smith is one of three players to have been hit with bans

"So it's going to be a bit of a public execution that one".

The Cricket Australia chairman, David Peever, said: "These are significant penalties for professional players and the Board does not impose them lightly".

The axe has come down hard on Steve Smith and David Warner who have been banned for 12 months.

The perpetrators of the ball-tampering in the Cape Town Test, have faced severe backlash from Australian newspapers and on social media, with a video already having gone viral.

"There are elements of courage and leadership that have been shown in this", he said. The players are due to depart for Australia on Wednesday with Smith to speak publicly upon his arrival in Sydney.

"We're not a hundred percent mentally right but we're representing our country and we've got to get the ball rolling by playing the best cricket we possibly can", Lehmann said. But you need a level head and you shouldn't destroy someone unless they deserve to be destroyed.

"These sanctions will reflect the gravity with which we view what has occurred and the damage it has done to the standing of Australian cricket". We've seen guys give send-offs, we've seen sledging. A lot of things have been said about myself and my family, which is expected in this time.

"We must urgently revisit this document, re-bind our players to it and ensure the spirit in which we play is safe-guarded for the future of the sport, and to continue to inspire the dreams of every young kid picking up a bat and ball and for every fan who lives and breathes the game".

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He said the human cost would be huge.

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

Cameron Bancroft has also been punished
Cameron Bancroft has also been punished

Disgraced Australian cricket stars Steve Smith and David Warner have been banned from global cricket for one year following their role in the ball tampering scandal that has rocked the sport.

Tasked with doing the tampering in the game in Cape Town, Bancroft was caught in the act by television cameras and then panicked and tried to hide the piece of sandpaper he used down the front of his pants, an action that was also caught on TV and replayed over and over in slow-motion and close-up.

Wicket-keeper Tim Paine is taking over as captain.

Matt Renshaw, Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns will replace the exiled trio in South Africa.

Sutherland said the saga was extraordinarily bad for cricket, but repeatedly refused to say whether the attempts to alter the match ball constituted cheating. "We did not take any decision in haste, it was a well thought-out decision".

Smith had been charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC), which could lead to a one-match ban and a 100 percent fine of his match fee.

The fallout for the three players increased as the Board of Control for Cricket in India banned the trio for the 2018 Indian Premier League season following the sanctions handed down by CA. But, it was not enough to satisfy critics of the team. The batsman was seemingly carrying out instructions when he was seen tampering with the ball in the field, sheepishly placing the tape down his pants after being spotted.

Australia also lost the test in Cape Town by a crushing 322 runs. Warner is stripped of his position as deputy and will never again be considered for a leadership role.

It marks a remarkable turnaround for a player who was considered a surprise selection when he was included as wicketkeeper for last year's Ashes series.

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

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