South africa vs Australia third test match 2018 Ball tampering news:Steve Smith and david warner steps down as Australia’s captain after ball tampering incident
Australia captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner decided to relinquish their leadership duties from the remainder of the third Test against South Africa. The decision came hours after Australia Sports Commission demanded Cricket Australia to relieve Smith of his duties after he admitted his role in the ball tampering incident on the third day of the third Test at Newlands in Cape Town.
Speaking to reporters, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said, “Following discussions with Steve Smith and David Warner they have agreed to stand down as Captain and Vice-Captain respectively for the remainder of this Test match. This Test match needs to proceed, and in the interim, we will continue to investigate this matter with the urgency that it demands,” he said.
“As I said earlier today, Cricket Australia and Australian cricket fans expect certain standards of conduct from cricketers representing our country, and on this occasion, these standards have not been met,” Sutherland added.
Wicketkeeper–batsmanTimPaine has been appointed as the captain for the remainder of the third Test.Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also expressed his opinion on the incident earlier and had asked Cricket Australia to take a “decisive action”. “We all woke up this morning shocked and bitterly disappointed by the news from South Africa. It seemed completely beyond belief that the Australian cricket team had been involved in cheating,” he said. “It’s wrong, and I look forward to Cricket Australia taking decisive action soon,” he added.
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The 2015-World Cup-winning captain also commented on ball tampering issue Michael Clarke said that he is appalled that the team resorted to such measures. Speaking in an interview to Channel Nine’s Sports Sunday program, the 36-year old described the incident as “disgraceful” and “premeditated, blatant cheating”, according to cricket.co.au, and said, “The team has made a set plan that we’re going to cheat to help us win this game of cricket. I’m appalled that it was even thought about,” he said.The 2015-World Cup-winning captain further added that he is upset that the leadership group asked a youngster (Bancroft) for tampering with the ball. “I can’t believe if the leadership group has made a decision to do this, that they’ve gone and got the young kid who’s playing his eighth Test match to do that. As a leader, you can’t ask somebody to do something you’re not willing to do yourself,” he said.]]>