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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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Joe Root says soul searching needed before second New Zealand Test

  • England captain reflects on defeat at Eden Park
  • Concern over Ben Stokes’ continuing back problems

Before the first Test against New Zealand, Joe Root hinted at changes in the way England were going to go about their business. None were evident at Eden Park. Jimmy Anderson continued to open the bowling with Stuart Broad; the batting was as sturdy as a marshmallow in the first innings and England recorded their tenth defeat in twelve overseas Tests, none of which were won. In their last eight matches abroad they have lost by an innings five times. It must be sinking in that he is not in charge of a multi-talented team.

This is reflected in the goal set by Root on the final day of the Test at Eden Park. “Before play I asked them to show how much it means to play for England and I thought we got that. The character that the guys showed was a step forward.” That may be true but if selected to play for your country, a task that brings honour and a reasonable remuneration there is an assumption that there will be universal commitment to the cause come what may.

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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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New Zealand v England: first Test, day five – live

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Well, it’s been quite the week. England bowled out for 58, lots of rain, lots of excellence, and now we convene for the denouement. It’s hard to see how England get out of this – ok, it’s expletive impossible to see how England get out of this – because every reason for comes with a more compelling one against. There’s plenty of batting still to come … but for all the flair, it’s hard to pick a man never mind a pair to take it deep. The pitch is playing fairly well … but so are Trent Boult and Tim Southee. England have batsmen good enough to deliver under intense pressure … England are far more accustomed to collapsing under slight pressure. And so on.

Oh yeah, and we’ve seen a few things go on in Cape Town, all of which, added to all of this, reminds us that despite everything, Test cricket is the best and we should never forget that.

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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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Australia reaping benefits of new cricket pay deal, says Ellyse Perry

  • Clinical Australia wrap up ODI series against India
  • Perry hails ‘clinical and professional’ performance

Star all-rounder Ellyse Perry says Australia’s ODI domination of India can be put down to the increased investment in the women’s game. The pay deal reached between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association last year shot female player payments up from $7.5m to $55.2m.

Perry says Australia was reaping the benefits from the record-breaking deal, resulting in a crushing series triumph in Vadodara on Thursday by winning the second of three ODIs.

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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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