Published: Thu, March 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Steve Smith, David Warner banned from playing for Australia for 1 year

Steve Smith, David Warner banned from playing for Australia for 1 year

In its statement, Cricket Australia said that Smith and Bancroft will not be considered for team leadership positions "until a minimum of 12 months after the conclusion of their respective suspensions" from worldwide and domestic cricket.

Warner, a divisive figure in world cricket, was previously fined 75 per cent of his match fee after an altercation with Quinton de Kock earlier in the series, while South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada was banned for two games for bumping into Smith, although the suspension was later lifted.

"As indicated, Cricket Australia will provide more details of an independent review into the conduct and culture of our Australian men's team in due course".

Warner's IPL team SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) had announced on Wednesday that he would not lead the side and a replacement would be named soon.

Australia head coach Lehmann on Wednesday broke his silence to confirm he will not step down after a Cricket Australia (CA) investigation concluded he had no knowledge of plans for Cameron Bancroft to tamper with the ball at Newlands.

In a press release from CA, Warner and Smith have been banned for a year and barred from captaincy for two years (each) from state and global cricket.

In South Africa, wicketkeeper Tim Paine will take over as Australia captain for the final test, which starts on Friday.

Media reports stated that the three players have a week to appeal against the sanctions.

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"I understand and share the anger and disappointment of Australian fans", CA chief James Sutherland said of the controversy in the third Test in Cape Town last Saturday. It was also learned that the yellow strip object used by Bancroft was sandpaper, different from his original statement where he revealed it was a piece of yellow tape. He was filmed with the tape and trying to hide it down the front of his pants.

Sutherland insisted that initial findings showed that Smith, Warner and Bancroft were the only members of the Australian team who had "prior knowledge" of the tampering plot. Lehmann's influence will be examined but at this stage he enjoys the full support of Sutherland. "Cape Town change room is a very small place!"

Former England Test captain Michael Vaughan was similarly unconvinced, tweeting "Only 3 people knew".

Australia have upset fans and foes alike in recent years with an aggressive approach endorsed by Lehmann, but he now wants players to look across the Tasman for inspiration.

Most of the players and backroom staff had been interviewed by Cricket Australia's integrity chief Iain Roy, Sutherland said.

Warne, who was forced to undertake a 12-month road to redemption in 2003 after testing positive for a banned substance, feels CA was too harsh.

In a statement to CNN Money, LG Australia confirmed that it would not renew its sponsorship with Warner.

The next 12 months will continue a busy list of commitments for Australia, according to the International Cricket Council's (ICC) future tours programme, not least a mouth-watering match-up with India, including the traditional Boxing Day test in Melbourne and equally well-attended New Year's affair in Sydney. For instance, they can play in the County Championship, BBL, CPL, PSL etc.

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