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Steve Smith set to lose Australia captaincy and could face year-long ban

• Smith loses captaincy of IPL side after ball-tampering scandal
• Senior bowlers ‘upset by association with leadership group’

Steve Smith looks set to be permanently stripped of the Australian captaincy and could face a ban of up to a year from representing the country following his leading role in the ball-tampering scandal that has engulfed the tour of South Africa.

Smith, who has already lost the captaincy of Rajasthan Royals for the upcoming Indian Premier League, is expected to learn his fate from Cricket Australia on Tuesday evening along with the vice-captain David Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft.

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Australia’s real leadership failures are in politics, not cricket | Van Badham

Where’s the national outrage over a terrified boy being abandoned to violent despair by our political leaders?

Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft has been caught on video shoving some yellow sticky tape into his underpants. Fortunately – or unfortunately – there was a cricket match in play at the time.

The image of him shoving sticky tape into his underpants was broadcast live to the crowd at the Newlands ground in South Africa, and they booed.

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Steve Smith must go after scandal that has torched Australia’s reputation | Jason Gillespie

This was pre-planned cheating in South Africa and we need to know who was involved if Australian cricket is to restore trust

Steve Smith’s time as Australia’s captain is surely up. It is impossible to envisage a scenario where he stays in the job. This is a train wreck.

When Smith fronted the media on Saturday to explain his role in the ball-tampering scandal, one that has taken an already distasteful encounter with South Africa to new depths, he did not appear to grasp the severity of what he was owning up to. That simply beggared belief.

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'This is a shocking disappointment' – says Australian PM about ball-tampering incident – video

Australian cricketers have admitted ball-tampering. The batsman Cameron Bancroft said that he attempted to tamper with the ball and his captain, Steve Smith, added that the team’s senior players planned it. The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said, he was ‘shocked’ and ‘disappointed’ with the news. He said he had expressed his concerns to the Cricket Australia chairman, David Peever.’I have expressed to him very clearly and unequivocally my disappointment and my concern about the events in South Africa,’ Turnbull said. ‘How can our team be engaged in cheating like this? It beggars belief,’ he added.

Steve Smith admits to Australia ball-tampering plan against South Africa

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Australia exposed as cheats – and stupid ones – but Smith will survive | Vic Marks

The actions of this hard-to-like Australia side cannot be condoned but sportsmen have long sought an illegal advantage

Once the prime minister of Australia had addressed the nation on the subject it was inevitable that Steve Smith’s tenure of the Australian captaincy would come to an abrupt end. Australians are up in arms, and, somewhat confusingly, astonished that their cricketers are capable of cheating. Even more unprecedentedly, their cricketers are admitting it.

“How can our team be engaged in cheating like this? It beggars belief.” For a second or two, Malcolm Turnbull’s words sounded like denial. Then we realised he was merely reflecting the nation’s shock. It was shocking that they were all so shocked.

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Kagiso Rabada rips through Australia again as South Africa level series

• Australia 243 & 239, S Africa 382 & 102/4, SA win by six wickets
• Rabada finishes with match figures of 11 for 150 but faces ban

Kagiso Rabada’s fourth 10-wicket haul in just 28 Test matches propelled South Africa to a six-wicket victory over Australia but could prove to be his last action in the four-match series.

The 22-year-old claimed six for 54 from 22 overs including nine maidens in a furious second-innings return, that brought an end to Australia’s innings at 239.

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South Africa's Kagiso Rabada rips through Australia on another fiery day

  • Second Test, day one: Australia 243; South Africa 39-1
  • Rabada embroiled in more controversy amid five-wicket haul

Kagiso Rabada ripped through Australia, stoking the animosity between the teams on the way as South Africa bowled out the tourists out for 243 on day one of the second Test on Friday.

Rabada took five wickets in 18 balls in a blistering spell just before and after tea at Port Elizabeth, sending the Australians slumping from 161 for three. They were saved from a worse fate when Tim Paine made 36 and put on 61 with Australia’s last two batsmen.

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David Warner escapes ban but is fined for altercation with Quinton de Kock

  • Warner fined 75% of match fee for breach of code of conduct
  • Opener free to play in second Test in Port Elizabeth

David Warner has escaped a ban after accepting a level two charge of breaching the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct for his part in an off-field spat with Quinton de Kock.

Video footage showed the Australia opener having to be restrained by his team-mates from confronting South Africa’s wicketkeeper-batsman De Kock on the stairwell towards the players’ dressing rooms during the tea interval on day four of the first Test at Durban.

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Australia show stubborn resistance to South Africa attack on day one of Test

  • First test, day one: Australia 225-5 at stumps in Durban
  • Steve Smith and David Warner hit half-centuries for tourists

Australia stumbled, steadied, staggered and then scrapped on an absorbing first day of their Test series against South Africa, finishing 225-5 at stumps in Durban. The dismissals of Steve Smith and David Warner, for 56 and 51 respectively, swung momentum the Proteas’ way during the post-lunch session on Thursday.

The Marsh brothers and Tim Paine, three Ashes selection masterstrokes who helped their side reclaim the urn during the past summer, responded with stubborn resistance. The trio failed to score anywhere near as freely as Smith and Warner, but their composure was in marked contrast to the overseas collapses that have plagued Australia in recent years.

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Australia make 245 to beat New Zealand in record-breaking T20 chase

• Tri-Series T20 in Auckland produces 32 sixes and 488 runs
• New Zealand will meet England for a place in Tri-Series final

Australia chased down a record 244 to beat New Zealand by five wickets in Auckland, reaching their target with seven balls to spare.

The T20 Tri-Series match produced 32 sixes and a total of 488 runs for the loss of 11 wickets. Australia had already reached the final; their opponents will be decided on Wednesday when New Zealand play England, also in Auckland.

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