Steve Smith should never captain Australia again - Aussie cricket writer Robert Craddock

It capped a tumultuous weekend for the tourists, with CA on Monday denying reports that some players had departed South Africa to return to Australia.

The act of stupidity by their opener Cameron Bancroft, encouraged by the captain Steve Smith and the "leadership team" on Day 3 of the Cape Town Test has left the Australian cricket fans, and cricket lovers the world over, cheated.

Roy will then decide how players are charged under CA's code of behaviour. "So it would be easier if Smith decides to play as a batsman only and let someone else take over the mantle of captaincy", the official said.

The incident that led to the charges being laid took place during South Africa's innings yesterday afternoon when Bancroft was seen on television holding a foreign object while rubbing the ball, before hiding the object in his pocket, then inside his pants.

Players who accumulate four demerit points in a two-year period receive a one-match ban, while those who get eight demerit points in the same 24-month period are banned for two matches.

Before the start of play on Sunday at Newlands, Smith and Australian vice-captain David Warner agreed to stand down from their positions for the remainder of the match.

Gillespie has sympathy for Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland and none for the players in the Test team.

"To our Australian cricket fans, we are sorry", said Sutherland.

Paine said that the final test would now give new players a chance to play - hinting with that at significant changes to the Australia team - and also give them a chance to mend the broken trust with the Australian public.

"CA is conducting an investigation so we are holding off on acting until we know the results of the investigation".

Smith may be the No. 1 Test batsman and a successful captain.

Such has been the nature and impact of the controversy that the IPL futures of both Smith and Warner - captains of Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively - are now up in the air, with a decision from BCCI and the concerned franchises expected soon.

The BBC TMS legend, 78, also suggested Cameron Bancroft and coach Darren Lehmann should be heavily punished for their roles in the embarrassment. Cricketers can bend the rules but not break them.

Smith admitted on Saturday to having committed "a big mistake" and took responsibility for Bancroft's actions, admitting he was involved in planning the move at lunchtime with "the leadership group". "I'm not sure what's going to happen", he said.

"This can never happen again.I think this has to be Cricket Australia's number one focus, this can never happen again in this great game of cricket", Clarke said. Smith, though, insisted that Lehmann was not part of the conspiracy, even though footage appeared to show the coach sending a message onto the field with 12th man Peter Handscomb after the first footage of the incident. "That's all I can say on the matter at the moment".

Smith said in the post-day media conference that he was disappointed in the actions of his team.

Players hatched the idea of cheating with yellow sticky tape, which they hoped would capture debris from the pitch and scuff one side of the ball in an attempt to get it to reverse swing, at lunch on Saturday (local time). South African team manager Mohammed Moosajee said the umpires should have changed the ball.

Fast bowling legend Jeff Thomson has sensationally called for Steve Smith and the leadership group behind the Australian cricket team's ball tampering scandal to be banned from the sport for life.

"This Test match needs to proceed, and in the interim we will continue to investigate this matter with the urgency that it demands".

  • Zachary Reyes