Cricket Australia ball-tampering scandal: Smith, Warner, Bancroft sent home

Australian cricket captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft have been sent home from South Africa following the Aussie ball-tampering scandal which has caused outrage around the world.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland addressed media on Wednesday, stating the Cricket Australia Board has received preliminary findings of the investigation into last weekend’s events in Cape Town.

As a result, Sutherland said the trio have been reported for breaching article 2.3.5 of Cricket Australia’s Code of Conduct.


“All three players reported will depart South Africa tomorrow,” he said.

It’s expected further sanctions will be announced within the next 24 hours.

“In view of the broader reputational and integrity issues involved, the sanctions that will be contemplated are significant,” Sutherland said.

“I understand the appetite for urgency given the reputation of Australia as a sporting nation has been damaged in the eyes of many. However, urgency must be balanced with due process given the serious implications for all involved.

“In addition to sanctions for individuals, Cricket Australia will initiate an independent review into the conduct and culture of our Australian men’s teams.”

Three new replacement players will fly to Johannesburg over the next 24 hours to join the squad for the Fourth Test against South Africa.

The three replacement players are Matthew Renshaw, Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns.