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Cameron Bancroft has been sent home from Australia's tour of South Africa

Cameron Bancroft has been sent home from Australia's tour of South Africa

Bancroft, the young player tasked to do the on-field tampering in Cape Town, was reportedly set to be given a nine-month ban.

Warner and Smith had already stepped down from their roles as skipper for the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals respectively before their punishment was announced, and the IPL has since confirmed both men would be banned "with immediate effect from participation" in the lucrative Twenty20 tournament this year.

Warner has also lost his IPL contract of a similar value.

Axed captain Smith, vice-captin Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft have all been sent home from South Africa for their role in a scandal that has rocked Australian cricket.

In addition, all three players will be required to undertake 100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket.

Smith's media conference was genuine and gut-wrenching. They made a mistake and they accepted it.

Smith said "It hurts".

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Steve Smith stated how "Deeply sorry" he was for the incident.

Asked about Warner's culpability - and the suggestion that Smith's failing being drawn into the conspiracy - he said he did not blame others.

"That said, I acknowledge that Cameron has accepted responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty to the charge and apologising publicly".

"This is the first time I have seen this happen and it will never be happening again". I hope that in all this the media and the fans don't forget that. "I'm sorry and I'm absolutely devastated".

Smith also offered advice to anyone faced with the temptation to cheat.

The swashbuckling batsman added, "They made a mistake and they accepted it".

Since the ball-tampering case has come to light, cricket fans from all over the world are slamming the cricketers who were involved in the fraud. Australia collapse from 57-0 to 107 all out to lose by 322 runs in Cape Town.

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"It was a serious failure of my leadership". These sanctions will reflect the gravity of what occurred and the damage it has done Australian cricket.

Sutherland informed that apart from the trio, no other player in the group had any prior knowledge about the wrongdoing. I know I'll regret this for the rest of my life.

"It's going to be a really long road particularly for myself to earn that respect back but for me that's the most important thing".

"There are those countries that don't like Australia, don't like individuals in the team, and there has been a build-up of hate which has exploded and created this tornado of hysteria", he wrote.

"Cricket is the greatest sport in the world".

"I want to say that I am very sorry", Bancroft told reporters after his arrival at Perth.

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