The cricket team of Australia now is under an immense pressure after Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith (C) admitted to the ball tampering in the third test against South Africa on Saturday. This, indeed, left the world of cricket in shock. The admission has arrived during the press conference on day 3 between South Africa and Australia.
Steve and Warner moved aside to do wicket-keeping and Tim Raine was in the field as a stand-in-skipper. Though the issue was major, South Africa have beaten Australia by 322 runs in the third test of the series.
Bancroft during the press conference said “We had a discussion during the break. On myself I saw an opportunity to use some yellow tape and the granules from the rough patches of the wicket to change the condition of the ball,” said opening batsman Bancroft.
“It didn’t work, the umpires didn’t change the ball. We have this yellow tape in our kit. The actual sticky stuff itself is very sticky so I felt it could be used to collect some stuff from the side of the pitch.”
The television cameras have caught the Bancroft when he is rubbing the yellow object on the ball. Later, he said, “I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I want to be here (in the press conference) because I want to be accountable for my actions.”
The ICC on Sunday have banned Steve Smith for one match and claimed the fine of 100% of his match fee.
However, Smith admitted his big play in the ball tampering incident. “The leadership group knew about it. We spoke about it at lunch. I’m not proud of what happened. It’s not in the spirit of the game,” he said.
According to the ESPNCricinfo reports, Smith and Warner will face the life bans if the penalty gets to the maximum state under the Australian cricket code of behavior.
Iain Roy, the board head of Integrity of Australian cricket and team are on their way to Australia to conduct investigations with Smith, Cameron Bancroft, Warner, and their coach as part of the cheating scandal.
Soon after Roy’s investigation, the charged will be followed and the penalty rate would be decided.