David Warner 'goes rogue' as ball-tampering row splits Australia squad

Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft arrives at Cape Town International Airport South Africa

Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft arrives at Cape Town International Airport South Africa

Australia captain Steve Smith has been suspended for one Test for his role in the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa, with guilty party Cameron Bancroft also sanctioned by the International Cricket Council.

Sutherland said Tim Paine has been appointed captain of Australia's Test team, and said the three players involved in the ball-tampering case will leave South Africa on Wednesday.

Australia are likely to get away with any ball-tampering that took place during the Ashes - regardless of whether any fresh evidence emerges of wrongdoing during Test cricket's flagship series.

Five men who could succeed scandal-tainted Steve Smith as captain of Australia's cricket team. Steve Smith and his deputy, David Warner, are now facing one-year ban each from the Australian cricket board.

Bancroft was free to feature after receiving three demerit points and being fined 75 per cent of his match fee, but all three players have now been sent home from South Africa, pending potentially "significant" sanctions which are expected to be announced in the next 24 hours. "They're struggling but I think probably the reality and the enormity is starting to sink in".

The plan unraveled when Bancroft was caught by television cameras tampering and then trying to hide the offending piece of tape down the front of his pants, heightening the embarrassment for Australia.

Sutherland flew into South Africa to talk to CA's head of high performance Pat Howard, who conducted a review of Australia's ball-tampering saga. Bancroft could also be in for harsher punishment from Cricket Australia.

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It follows reports Western Australia coach Justin Langer has already been sounded out by Cricket Australia to step in as interim coach for the Fourth Test in Johannesburg beginning Friday. Australia had won the first match in Durban while South Africa bounced back to win the next two in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

"I said earlier on that if they can get reverse swing in the 26th‚ 27th‚ 28th over‚ then they are doing something different from what everyone else does‚" he said.

There is no hyperbole involved when Australians describe the cricket captaincy as the country's second most important job behind that of prime minister; and the concept of playing "hard, but fair" has always been integral to the national identity. Steve Smith who lead the team since 2015 said that the illegal ball tampering was orchestrated by the team's "leadership group".

Only one thing is for certain in Australian crickets darkest hour.

England legend Ian Botham has doubts over Smith's claim that Australia's coaches had no knowledge of the incident.

He said the players had been officially reported for breaching article 2.3.5 of CA's Code of Conduct - for conduct contrary to the spirit of the game - and will be replaced by Matthew Renshaw, Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns.

Roland Perry, Australian-based cricket expert and author, told CNN that, although the scandal showed a "lack of integrity", it wasn't as serious as other incidents which have hit the sport, including allegations of match-fixing.

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