Steve Smith Ball-Tampering Scandal

Australian cricket captain sent home in scandal coach stays in place

Australian cricket captain sent home in scandal coach stays in place

"I'm not sure what's going to happen", he said.

The UK Telegraph is reporting that Lehmann has informed Cricket Australia bosses of his decision to step down effective immediately, with the move being the catalyst for CA head James Sutherland to travel to South Africa to address the situation directly.

"Ultimately, it is about whether Australians can feel proud of their national sporting teams". That article relates to "all types of conduct of a serious nature that is contrary to the spirit of the game".

Opening batsman Bancroft was caught on camera placing sticky yellow tape, which he used to pick up rough granules off the pitch, into the front of his pants when he believed he had been spotted by the umpires. "We spoke about it at lunch".

"A focused and balanced perspective is needed in the condemnation on those involved in this, with a clear and critical consideration to the social impact and mental health of all players", Waugh wrote on his official Facebook page, which was also uploaded by Cricket Australia.

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"Australian cricket is in the doldrums now". Tim Paine captained the team in place of Smith.

"It is about how we play the game", Peever concluded.

Footage of Pat Cummins accidentally standing on the ball during the third Test, a gaffe that triggered laughter and little else from umpires, is once again being replayed on TV news bulletins in South Africa.

"The laws allow a player to polish the ball on his or her pants to remove any mud that might have got caught in the seam under the supervision of an umpire".

Lehmann took over the coaching reins in 2013 when predecessor Mickey Arthur was sacked, with Justin Langer considered a frontrunner as his replacement although Ricky Ponting will also be in the mix.

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However, it is Australians themselves who are the most outraged by Smith's folly. Surely the head coach has to be part of the leadership group of an worldwide cricket team? That's the least one can do to deter other cricketers from such misadventures in the future.

Meanwhile, former Australia coach John Buchanan pointed out that it was not common for a coach not to know what plans his players have on the field.

The recent broke out of ball-tampering scandal during the Cape Town Test where Australian skipper Steven Smith admitted that it was a planned out action by the "leadership group" has increased speculation of such an act from the team when they won against England 4-0 during the 2017/18 Ashes. "This can occur while Cricket Australia completes a full investigation".

As Cricket Australia started its own investigation into the scandal, Warner was apparently drinking at the team hotel. "They've disgraced a great cricketing nation & Test cricket!"

He left no doubt as to his thoughts on what transpired at Newlands. "It's pre-meditated cheating, it's blatant cheating".

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"This has been a shocking affront to Australia", he said in Canberra. "We've got the best bowling attack in the world. CA will take a stand and we need to protect the integrity of the sport", Gillespie added.

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