David Warner also resigned as vice-captain on Sunday amid shock and disappointment at the conduct of the team back home. Cricket Australia said Smith and Warner had agreed to give up their leadership roles following "discussions" with the governing body, with wicketkeeper Tim Paine to take the reins for the remainder of the third test in Cape Town and mostly likely now the fourth. "This test match needs to proceed, and in the interim we will continue to investigate this matter with the urgency that it demands," CA CEO James Sutherland said in a statement. "Cricket Australia and Australian cricket fans expect certain standards of conduct from cricketers representing our country, and on this occasion these standards have not been met. "All Australians, like us, want answers and we will keep you updated on our findings, as a matter of priority."
BREAKING: Steve Smith has been fined 100% of his match fee and handed a one Test ban, Cameron Bancroft a 75% fine and three demerit points for ball-tampering incident.— ICC (@ICC) March 25, 2018
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Smith and Warner's demotion came hours after Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull heaped pressure on CA to act swiftly and decisively. "I have to say that the whole nation which holds those who wear the 'baggy green' up on a pedestal about as high as you can get in Australia, certainly higher than any politician that's for sure, this is a shocking disappointment," Turnbull said. Smith had admitted on Saturday that the ball-tampering carried out by Bancroft had been orchestrated by himself and senior players but although he was "embarrassed" by the scandal, he had no intention of stepping down as skipper.
BREAKING: Steve Smith has been suspended for one Test by the ICC. More to come #SAvAUS— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 25, 2018
The series is currently poised at 1-1, though South Africa are in a strong position in the third test having set Australia 430 to win. The cost to Australia's reputation is high, with cricketing officials and former players across the globe branding the team cheats and fans castigating the players on social media. South Africa coach Ottis Gibson had called for strong action from the ICC.
BREAKING - Steven Smith and David Warner to stand down as Australia's captain and vice-captain respectively for the remainder of the third #SAvAUS Test in Cape Town - CA CEO James Sutherland says in a statement. pic.twitter.com/AE2PO04LSg— ICC (@ICC) March 25, 2018
In case you missed it earlier, here is the full press conference featuring Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft following an eventful third day at Newlands.— ICC (@ICC) March 24, 2018
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