This came to light after Bancroft, the most junior member of the side and the player tasked with carrying out the plan, was caught on camera rubbing a yellow object against the ball. He was then shown hastily putting the object down the front of his trouser before speaking to on-field umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth, who had been alerted to the suspicious behaviour. Bancroft turned out his pockets and showed the umpires a black piece of cloth before play continued and the host tightened their hold on the match.
Cameron Bancroft ?️"I was in the wrong place at the wrong time." "I was nervous about it, there are hundreds of cameras around." pic.twitter.com/O1St7Vsqas — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) March 24, 2018
The ICC announced its intention to charge Bancroft at the close of play and he faces a maximum punishment of a 100% fine of his match fee and four demerit points, which would trigger an automatic one-match ban. "I’m embarrassed, the boys in the shed are embarrassed and I feel for Cam as well," Smith told reporters. "It is not what we want to see in the game, it’s not what the Australian cricket team is about. Being the leader of the team I am incredibly sorry for trying to bring the game into disrepute like we did." The four-match series is poised at 1-1, with the fourth and final Test due to start in Johannesburg Friday. 3RD TEST, DAY 3 South Africa 311 & 238/5 in 72 overs (Markram 84, De Villiers 51*) lead Australia 255 in 69.5 overs (Bancroft 77, Morkel 4/87) by 294 runs Video: Youtube
"It's a poor reflection on everyone in that dressing room."Australia's Cameron Bancroft has admitted to ball tampering - & captain Steve Smith knew of the plan in advance. More: https://t.co/6GeU56OS0S pic.twitter.com/ijYpJc66AP — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 24, 2018