Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft may have got away with his now infamous attempt to alter the condition of the ball in the third test against South Africa at Newlands had he not panicked and stuffed the evidence down his pants. For someone like Warner, setting him aside from Smith and Bancroft, he is a person who does need to really have a good look at himself and the way he goes about playing cricket.
The 31-year-old batsman stood down as vice-captain for the remainder of the third Test against South Africa after Steve Smith admitted that Australia's "leadership group" were behind a ball-tampering scandal involving Cameron Bancroft.
Australia's cricket player Steve Smith, center, is escorted by police officers to the departure area at OR Tambo International airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
The punishments appear draconian when held up against the one-Test ban Smith received from the International Cricket Council.
- The tampering trio has been banned from all worldwide cricket and domestic cricket in Australia, but can play county cricket and in the IPL (though the IPL Commissioner has since said that Warner and Smith's contracts have been cancelled).
The bans, announced by Cricket Australia in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town at the weekend, are due to end before next year's World Cup in England and Wales, which starts on May 30, followed by the Ashes series in England.
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He would describe the reaction to the cheating as "unbelievable", going on to say: "Hopefully the game gets back to the game of cricket, which is a game to be loved and enjoyed".
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.
"The players are remorseful for the mistakes they have made, and they regret how their actions have represented themselves, teammates, cricket and their country", Nicholson said. "As such, Sanitarium has offered support to Cricket Australia to ensure that player well-being is a priority at this time".
The event took place during South Africa's innings in Newlands Test when Bancroft was spotted on the big screen holding a small yellow tape, rubbing the rough part of the ball before hiding the object inside his pants.
However, Sutherland insisted Lehmann had had no knowledge of the plot.
"The thing that breaks my heart the most is that I've given up my spot in the team for free".
"I am satisfied that the sanctions in this case properly reflect a balance between the need to protect the integrity and reputation of the game and the need to maintain the possibility of redemption for the individuals involved, all of whom have learned hard lessons through these events", he said. I have never ever been involved in tampering with a ball [before].