2018 Test Series: Australia vs South Africa - 4th Test

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    Australia vs South Africa

    Dates: 30/3/2018 - 3/4/2018
    Venue: The Wanders Stadium, Johannesburg
    Umpires: Nigel Llong and Ian Gould
    3rd Umpire: Richard Illingworth
    Match Referee: Andy Pycroft
    Toss: TBD
    Series: South Africa lead 2-1

    Australia Squad

    Usman Khawaja
    Peter Handscomb
    Shaun Marsh
    Mitchell Marsh
    Tim Paine (c)
    Mitchell Starc
    Josh Hazlewood
    Pat Cummins
    Nathan Lyon
    Chadd Sayers
    Jon Holland
    Jhye Richardson
    Matt Renshaw
    Joe Burns
    Glenn Maxwell

    South Africa Squad

    Faf du Plessis (c)
    Hashim Amla
    Temba Bavuma
    Quinton de Kock
    Theunis de Bruyn
    AB de Villiers
    Dean Elgar
    Heinrich Klaasen
    Keshav Maharaj
    Aiden Markram
    Morne Morkel
    Wiaan Mulder
    Lungisani Ngidi
    Vernon Philander
    Kagiso Rabada

    ICC Test Rankings (Teams)

    1. India
    2. South Africa
    3. Australia
    4. New Zealand
    5. England
    6. Sri Lanka
    7. Pakistan
    8. West Indies
    9. Bangladesh
    10. Zimbabwe

    ICC Test Rankings (Batsmen)

    1. Steve Smith (AUS)
    2. Virat Kohli (IND)
    3. Joe Root (ENG)
    4. Kane Williamson (NZ)
    5. David Warner (AUS)
    6. Cheteshwar Pujara (IND)
    7. AB de Villiers (SAF)
    8. Azhar Ali (PAK)
    9. Hashim Amla (SAF)
    10. Alastair Cook (ENG)

    ICC Test Rankings (Bowlers)

    1. Kagiso Rabada (SAF)
    2. James Anderson (ENG)
    3. Ravindra Jadeja (IND)
    4. Ravi Ashwin (IND)
    5. Josh Hazlewood (AUS)
    6. Neil Wagner (NZ)
    7. Rangana Herath (SL)
    8. Vernon Philander (SAF)
    9. Mitchell Starc (AUS)
    10. Nathan Lyon (AUS)

    ICC Test Rankings (All-Rounders)

    1. Shakib Al Hasan (BAN)
    2. Ravindra Jadeja (IND)
    3. Ravi Ashwin (IND)
    4. Ben Stokes (ENG)
    5. Vernon Philander (SAF)
    6. Moeen Ali (ENG)
    7. Mitchell Starc (AUS)
    8. Jason Holder (WI)
    9. Kagiso Rabada (SAF)
    10. Chris Woakes (ENG)


    ** Rankings correct as of 26/3/2018 and are subject to change**
     
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    Warner is part of the leadership group. Why is he not suspended? And surely never ever captain as the guy is a knucklehead.
     
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    Just to elaborate

    The punishments handed out last night were from the ICC and typically ball tampering is not seen as a high level offence

    CA Is yet to hand down their punishments which could range from a fine to termination of CA Contract and Life Bans

    Bancroft was correctly charged under law 2.2.9 which is "Changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3 of the Laws of Cricket" which is a level 2 offence

    Because it's a level 2 offence it carries a maximum of a fine of between 50-100% of the applicable Match Fee and/or up to two demerit Points

    Once you rack up 4-7 demerit points you cop a 2 game ban, If you rack up 8-11 you are looking at anything up to 4 games from memory

    If you rack up more than 12 you are looking at a 6 or more games on the sidelines

    This was Bancroft's first charge therefore he hasn't racked up enough demerit points for a suspension yet whereas Smith has

    What I don't get is why Warner, Bancroft and any other player involved wasn't hit with the level 4 charges which are the most serious

    2.4.1 Conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game
    2.4.2 Conduct that brings the game into disrepute
     
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    Because if they hit them with much higher penalties than others have got for the same offence it would be denial of natural justice and they could easily overturn it in court and claim damages for lost income.
     
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    Well I'd hate to see what you would have to get to be hit with a level 4 charge because apparently pre planned cheating won't get you there

    They have the right to appeal like Rabada did and seek a downgrade but for me level 3 or 4 would of been appropriate in this case

    That being said your right, The ICC have a history of hitting people with level 1 or 2 when it comes to ball tampering so at least they are consistent I guess
     
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    Faf du Plessis was done for ball tampering twice

    Vernon Philander as well a few years ago and a few years before him Shahid Afridi got done

    From memory all were level 2 offences but could be wrong
     
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    The main problem with all this is it wasn't a compulsive decision to tamper it was a planned move involving many from the whole squad, small penalties but long term ramifications, most likely Smith, Warner and others will play again beyond SA but not as Captain and V/Cap. Think there will be a new Captain currently not in the squad with Paine, if clean, the V/Cap.
     
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    David Warner goes ‘rogue’ as bowlers finger him as ball tampering mastermind



    Robert Craddock, The Courier-Mail
    March 27, 2018 7:41pm




    CRICKET’S ball tampering scandal has torn apart the Australian dressing room and sparked a massive falling-out between David Warner and the team’s irate fast bowlers.

    In a fierce feud sparked by Warner’s alleged testimony to Cricket Australia’s integrity officers in Cape Town, members of the attack are livid that they have been linked to the ball tampering scandal.

    It’s understood Warner has removed himself from the players’ group on ‘whatsapp’ in a sign that he has gone rogue and may have played his last Test match for Australia.

    There is a feeling among other players that Warner is willing to throw everyone else under the bus in a bid to take the heat off his own role in the controversy.

    So livid are they that they want him off the tour.

    An online story published in the afternoon by Nine Sport, outlined claims that the bowlers were involved in the sinister plot to cheat in the third Test in Cape Town. Players fear that Warner was a source.

    The fast bowlers, and it’s understood the wider playing group, have seemingly told Cricket Australia chiefs Pat Howard and Iain Roy that the ball tampering plot was a discussion had between Warner and Cameron Bancroft, with Steve Smith guilty of sitting on his hands as captain and not intervening.

    The consensus is that Smith was covering for Warner when in his press conference he said that the lunch time discussion about tampering with the ball was concocted between members of ‘the leadership group’.

    This was alluded to by NSW star Moises Henriques in a tweet on Monday night where he theorised that Smith was taking the fall for Bancroft.

    Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has arrived in Johannesburg and is expected to hand down heavy sanctions by Wednesday morning Sydney time.

    It’s anticipated Smith and Warner will be stripped of their leadership duties and cop hefty bans, while coach Darren Lehmann is also in line to be sacked.

    Warner won’t be banned for life, but the bitter divide between he and much of the dressing room means he may never return to the baggy green.

    The fallout will continue over the coming days, but this is a broken Australian dressing room.

    There are threats also from CA and the BCCI in India to prevent Warner and Smith from playing in the IPL this year which stands to earn them $2.4 million each.

    If Warner is cut loose from Australian cricket then he will look to make his money on the international Twenty20 circuit, however that may be made more difficult if it’s revealed he has turned on his mates.

    In cricket terms, such a reputation can be hard to come back from.

    Smith is understood to be distraught by the ordeal and sincerely apologetic to CA chiefs and teammates.

    The captaincy appears gone for Smith, but he appears more likely to receive a second chance.


    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...d/news-story/92702dd2a3fb1446118f2833c01089d0
     
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    Good riddance to bad rubbish to all behind this heinous plot.
     
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    Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have been suspended by Cricket Australia for the fourth Test in Johannesburg for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal.

    After a CA investigation, all three players were found guilty of breaching article 2.3.5 of Cricket Australia’s Code of Conduct and will fly home from South Africa on Wednesday (South Africa time).

    Smith has also been stripped of the captaincy for at least the final Test in South Africa, with Tim Paine endorsed by the board as his successor and Australia's 46th Test captain after he acted in the role on day four in Cape Town.

    Queensland pair Matthew Renshaw and Joe Burns, and Victoria's Glenn Maxwell have been called up as replacements for the banned trio and will arrive in South Africa in the next 24 hours. The Australians will not train in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

    "Earlier today (Tuesday), I received an update about the investigation being conducted by our Head of Integrity Iain Roy and in conducting his interviews he was accompanied by two ICC integrity officers," Sutherland told reporters in Johannesburg.

    "While that investigation is not complete, preliminary findings have been considered and discussed by the CA board earlier today.

    "The key finding is that prior knowledge of the ball tampering incident was limited to three players: Captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

    "No other players or support staff had prior knowledge and this includes Darren Lehmann, who despite inaccurate media reports, has not resigned from his position.

    "He will continue to coach the Australian men’s team under his current contract."

    Sutherland said that Smith, Warner and Bancroft have been charged with CA Code of Conduct breaches and added their respective, "significant" sanctions will be revealed in the next 24 hours.

    "The players involved have officially been reported for breaching Cricket Australia’s code of conduct under article 2.3.5.," Sutherland said.

    "The substance of the offence can be covered by terms and I paraphrase somewhat from the article: Conduct at any time that is contrary to the spirit of the game, unbecoming of a representative, harmful to the interests of the game, or brings the game into disrepute.

    "Once the investigation has concluded in the next 24 hours, sanctions will be announced and will go through the Cricket Australia code of conduct process."

    Smith had already been suspended for the final Test at The Wanderers by International Cricket Council CEO David Richardson on Sunday, while Bancroft was fined and handed three demerit points to his disciplinary record.

    All three players now face lengthy bans from international cricket.

    The incident that led to the suspensions took place during South Africa's innings on Saturday afternoon when Bancroft was seen on television holding a foreign object while rubbing the ball, before hiding the object in his pocket, then inside his trousers.

    As soon as the incident was shown on the big screen, the player was questioned in the presence of his captain by the two on-field umpires, Richard Illingworth and Nigel Llong, who along with third umpire Ian Gould and fourth umpire Allahudien Palekar, later charged Bancroft.

    The umpires inspected the ball at that time and elected not to replace the ball and award a five-run penalty as they could not see any marks that suggested the condition of the ball had been changed as a direct result of Bancroft's actions.

    The umpires, though, agreed that Bancroft's actions were likely to alter the condition of the ball and he was therefore charged.

    The plan to alter the condition of the ball had been made at the lunch break on day three between senior players from Australia without the consent of the coaching staff, according to Smith.

    Bancroft, who was said to be in the vicinity of the senior players at lunch, was tasked to use the foreign item – a piece of yellow tape that was used to collect chunks of dislodged pitch – and was caught doing so.

    Match referee Andy Pycroft said: "To carry a foreign object on to the field of play with the intention of changing the condition of the ball to gain an unfair advantage over your opponent is against not only the Laws, but the Spirit of the game as well.

    "That said, I acknowledge that Cameron has accepted responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty to the charge and apologising publicly. As a young player starting out in international cricket, I hope the lessons learned from this episode will strongly influence the way he plays the game during the rest of his career."

    Smith has not missed a Test since March 2013 in India, a streak of 59 matches in which he scored 23 Test centuries, was handed the Test captaincy and ascended to the top of the Test batting rankings.

    He fronted the media on Saturday night and confessed his regret and part in the wrongdoing.

    "Obviously, today was a big mistake on my behalf and on the leadership group's behalf as well," he said.

    "But I take responsibility as the captain, I need to take control of the ship, but this is certainly something I'm not proud of and something that I hope I can learn from and come back strong from.

    "I am embarrassed to be sitting here talking about this."


    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/ste...ia-tampering-renshaw-burns-maxwell/2018-03-28
     
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    Whose idea was it to use tape on the ball?


    It remains unclear exactly whose idea it was, but CA's internal investigation determined that captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft were the only players in on the plan.

    Who else knew about it?

    The investigation findings confirmed only the trio of Smith, Warner and Bancroft had any prior knowledge of the plan to alter the condition of the ball. No other player, member of the support staff or the head coach knew about it.

    Is Darren Lehmann still the coach?

    Despite various media reports in the lead-up to today's announcement suggesting Lehmann would or had resigned, Sutherland confirmed Lehmann has not stood down and is expected to see out his contract, which expires at the end of the 2019 Ashes in England.

    What punishments did CA hand down to those involved?

    In the short term, Smith, Warner and Bancroft have all been suspended for the final Test at The Wanderers and will head home on Wednesday (South Africa time). The trio were found to have breached article 2.3.5 of the CA Code of Conduct, which, as Sutherland paraphrased, relates to "conduct at any time that is contrary to the spirit of the game, unbecoming of a representative, harmful to the interests of the game, or brings the game into disrepute."

    Are further punishments coming, and how big will they be?

    Yep, further sanctions are due within the next 24 hours. And they could be huge. "I want to stress that we are contemplating significant sanctions in each case," Sutherland said. "These sanctions will reflect the gravity with which we view what has occurred and the damage it has done to the standing of Australian cricket. I fully understand the appetite for urgency for more detail however urgency must be balanced with due process given the serious implications for all involved.”

    With Smith going home, who is Test captain?

    After acting as interim captain on day four at Newlands once Smith stood down as skipper, Tim Paine will officially become Australia’s 46th Test captain when he arrives at the toss on Friday morning. Paine is just the second Tasmanian to captain Australia in Test cricket after legendary batsman Ricky Ponting.

    Will Smith lose the captaincy for good?

    That piece of detail will likely be revealed when the sanctions are handed down in the next 24 hours.

    So, three players are flying home; who is coming into the squad to replace them?

    Australia have drafted in three batsmen; Queensland openers Matthew Renshaw and Joe Burns, and Victorian allrounder Glenn Maxwell. Peter Handscomb is also in the squad and all four players could take the field in Johannesburg.

    Does the Australian cricket team have a culture problem?

    "This is a reminder to us of the importance of how Australian cricket fans want their players to behave," Sutherland said.

    "They want to be proud of their players and clearly a situation like this is extraordinarily bad for Australian cricket and I share the anger and disappointment of Australian cricket fans in regards to this behaviour."

    What comes next?

    CA is set to announce the sanctions on Smith, Warner and Bancroft in the next 24 hours. Those three players will leave South Africa on Wednesday (local time), the same day Renshaw, Burns and Maxwell arrive. The Australians will not train in Johannesburg on Wednesday ahead of the fourth Test, which starts on Friday.


    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/bur...on-sutherland-smith-warner-lehmann/2018-03-28
     
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    The ABC is reporting that Jim Maxwell understands Smith & Warner have been banned for 12 months.


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    Confirmed by CA according to various media outlets

    Smith and Warner gone for 12 months and Bancroft gone for 9 months

    Warner and Smith have also been banned from captaining Australia for two years
     
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    Good, fitting sanction.

    And this BS talk about worrying about SMiths mental state is crocodile tears. He should have thought about that before cheating, he can see a shrink and deal.

    Some are going to say the penalties are too harsh, compare them to other countries sanctions for similar and I don't care. They represent Australia and have to be treated harshly to discourage others.
     
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    Absolutely absurd. Ridiculous overreaction from CA who have not made a brave decision but have simply kowtowed to a media, the majority of whom no absolutely nothing about cricket.

    If I were Warner and Smith I’d tell them where they can stick their baggy geeen and sit back and have a chuckle when the side gets humiliated in front of atrocious crowds this summer.
     
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    I think the punishments are over the top
     
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    Tampering trio learn their fate


    Sam Ferris, in Johannesburg
    28 March 2018



    Steve Smith and David Warner have been banned by Cricket Australia for a year for their involvement in the Cape Town ball tampering scandal, with the revelation that sandpaper was used in an attempt to rough up the ball.

    Cameron Bancroft, who had claimed he used sticky yellow tape, was banned for nine months.

    Warner was found to have been responsible for the "development of a plan to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball", and "instruction to a junior player to carry out a plan".

    The former vice-captain was also charged with providing advice to a junior player on how to tamper with the ball "including demonstrating how it could be done".

    Warner also misled the Newlands match officials by concealing his knowledge of and involvement in the plan and did not voluntarily report his involvement.Bancroft charged, Smith admits ball tampering ploy

    Steve Smith's ban was based on him knowing of the plan but failing to take steps to prevent it.

    Further, CA's investigation found that it was Smith who directed "that evidence of attempted tampering be concealed on the field of play". In other words, Smith told Bancroft to hide the sandpaper in his trousers.

    Smith was also found to have "misled match officials and others regarding Bancroft's attempts to artificially alter the condition of the ball" and "misleading public comments regarding the nature, extent and participants of the plan".

    Bancroft, the most junior member of the playing XI in Cape Town, was charged based on being party to the plan to tamper with the ball, carrying out Warner's instructions, following Smith's direction to conceal the evidence and his own lies to mislead match officials and the public.

    Warner will never again be consider for any leadership position, while Smith and Bancroft must wait 12 months after serving their ban before they can be considered for a leadership role.

    Any appointment would be conditional on form, stature in the playing group and, perhaps most importantly, acceptance by fans and the public. As confirmed by CA's Board yesterday, Tim Paine is the permanent captain of the Test team.

    The offending trio are banned from all international cricket and domestic cricket in Australia, but can still play and are encouraged to return to club level to help re-connect with the cricket community.

    However, in the wake of being suspended, Smith and Warner have both had their Indian Premier League contracts torn up. The pair were on $2.4 million contracts each before the IPL banned them from the 2018 season.

    A key finding from the investigation was that sandpaper was used by Bancroft to rough up the ball, which goes against what the Test rookie said after play on Saturday when he and Smith fronted the press at Newlands.

    The CA Board, comprised of Chairman David Peever, Earl Eddings, Dr Bob Every, John Harnden, Tony Harrison, Jacquie Hey and Michelle Tredenick, as well as former Test players Mark Taylor and Michael Kasporwicz, convened for two-and-a-half hours on Wednesday to determine the sanctions imposed on the guilty trio.

    Yesterday, CA chief executive James Sutherland revealed the trio of Smith, Warner and Bancroft were the only members of Australia's touring party – players or support staff – who had any knowledge of the plan to deliberately alter the condition of the ball.

    The three sanctioned players will leave South Africa on Wednesday, with Matthew Renshaw, Joe Burns and Glenn Maxwell called up as their replacements.

    Smith, Warner and Bancroft have up to seven days to appeal CA's sanctions if they wish.

    The incident that led to the suspensions took place during South Africa's innings on Saturday afternoon when Bancroft was seen on television holding a foreign object while rubbing the ball, before hiding the object in his pocket, then inside his trousers.

    As soon as the incident was shown on the big screen, the player was questioned in the presence of his captain by the two on-field umpires, Richard Illingworth and Nigel Llong, who, along with third umpire Ian Gould and fourth umpire Allahudien Palekar, later charged Bancroft.

    The umpires inspected the ball at that time and elected not to replace the ball and award a five-run penalty as they could not see any marks on the ball that suggested that its condition had been changed as a direct result of Bancroft's actions.

    The umpires, though, agreed that Bancroft's actions were likely to alter the condition of the ball and he was therefore charged.

    The plan to alter the condition of the ball had been made at the lunch break on day three without the consent of the coaching staff, according to Smith.

    Bancroft was tasked with using the sandpaper by Warner and was caught doing so.

    Match referee Andy Pycroft said: "To carry a foreign object on to the field of play with the intention of changing the condition of the ball to gain an unfair advantage over your opponent is against not only the Laws, but the Spirit of the game as well.

    "That said, I acknowledge that Cameron has accepted responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty to the charge and apologising publicly. As a young player starting out in international cricket, I hope the lessons learned from this episode will strongly influence the way he plays the game during the rest of his career."

    Smith had not missed a Test since March 2013 in India, a streak of 59 matches in which he scored 23 Test centuries, was handed the Test captaincy and ascended to the top of the Test batting rankings.

    He fronted the media on Saturday night and confessed his regret and part in the wrongdoing.

    "Obviously, today was a big mistake on my behalf and on the leadership group's behalf as well," he said. "But I take responsibility as the captain, I need to take control of the ship, but this is certainly something I'm not proud of and something that I hope I can learn from and come back strong from.

    "I am embarrassed to be sitting here talking about this."


    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/pla...r-australia-cricket-ball-tampering/2018-03-28
     
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    Cricket Australia Statement on investigation


    March 28, 2018



    Following the announcements made yesterday in Johannesburg, the Cricket Australia Board has met again today to consider the report of the investigation into the incident in Cape Town.

    The key finding from the investigation was that prior knowledge of the incident was confined to three players, Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

    Key findings:

    Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have been charged with a breach of Article 2.3.5 of the CA Code of Conduct, namely that their conduct:

    (a) was contrary to the spirit of the game;

    (b) was unbecoming of a representative or official;

    (c) is or could be harmful to the interests of cricket; and/or

    (d) did bring the game of cricket into disrepute.

    In respect of the individual players concerned, Cricket Australia advises the following:

    Steve Smith was charged with a breach of Article 2.3.5 of the CA Code of Conduct based on:

    (a) knowledge of a potential plan to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball;

    (b) failure to take steps to seek to prevent the development and implementation of that plan;

    (c) directing that evidence of attempted tampering be concealed on the field of play;

    (d) seeking to mislead Match Officials and others regarding Bancroft’s attempts to artificially alter the condition of the ball; and

    (e) misleading public comments regarding the nature, extent and participants of the plan

    David Warner was charged with a breach of Article 2.3.5 of the CA Code of Conduct based on:

    (a) development of a plan to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball;

    (b) instruction to a junior player to carry out a plan to take steps to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball using sandpaper;

    (c) provision of advice to a junior player regarding how a ball could be artificially altered including demonstrating how it could be done;

    (d) failure to take steps to seek to prevent the development and/or implementation of the plan;

    (e) failure to report his knowledge of the plan at any time prior to or during the match;

    (f) misleading Match Officials through the concealment of his knowledge of and involvement in the plan; and

    (g) failure to voluntarily report his knowledge of the plan after the match

    Cameron Bancroft was charged with a breach of Article 2.3.5 of the CA Code of Conduct based on:

    (a) knowledge of the existence of, and being party to, the plan to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball using sandpaper;

    (b) carrying out instructions to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball;

    (c) seeking to conceal evidence of his attempts to artificially alter the condition of the ball;

    (d) seeking to mislead Match Officials and others regarding his attempts to artificially alter the condition of the ball; and

    (e) misleading public comments regarding the nature, extent, implementation and participants of the plan

    Summary of sanctions

    The range of sanctions available to Cricket Australia under Article 2.3.5 are extensive. The CA Board determined sanctions that would be appropriate in each player’s case, following their review of the report.

    The Board has considered the recommendations and determined that the following sanctions will be offered to each player in accordance with the CA Code of Conduct process.

    Steve Smith

    Suspension of 12 months from all international and domestic cricket

    David Warner

    Suspension of 12 months from all international and domestic cricket

    Cameron Bancroft

    Suspension of 9 months from all international and domestic cricket

    All three players will be permitted to play club cricket and will be encouraged to do so to maintain links with the cricket community.

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

    Leadership

    Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft will not be considered for team leadership positions until a minimum of 12 months after the conclusion of their respective suspensions from international and domestic cricket.

    Any consideration of future leadership would be conditional on acceptance by fans and the public, form and authority among the playing group.

    David Warner will not be considered for team leadership positions in the future.

    Cricket Australia Chairman, David Peever said:

    “As I indicated yesterday, the CA Board understands and shares the anger of fans and the broader Australian community about these events.

    “They go to the integrity and reputation of Australian Cricket and Australian sport and the penalties must reflect that.

    “These are significant penalties for professional players and the Board does not impose them lightly. It is hoped that following a period of suspension, the players will be able to return to playing the game they love and eventually rebuild their careers.”

    Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland said:

    “As the Chairman has noted, the sanctions we have announced are significant for the individuals involved. That is why the process has had to be thorough to ensure that all relevant issues have been examined.

    “I am satisfied that the sanctions in this case properly reflect a balance between the need to protect the integrity and reputation of the game and the need to maintain the possibility of redemption for the individuals involved, all of whom have learned difficult lessons through these events.

    “As indicated, Cricket Australia will provide more details of an independent review into the conduct and culture of our Australian men’s team in due course.” Sutherland concluded.

    APPENDIX

    Summary of CA Code of Conduct process

    By way of summary, the Code of Conduct process in this instance is as follows:

    1. A report is lodged by the CEO with the Head of Integrity;
    2. A review is completed by the Head of Integrity;
    3. A Notice of Charge (in conjunction with the report) is provided to the player which includes a specific charge under the Code of Conduct and offers the proposed sanctions;
    4. If the player accepts the charge and proposed sanctions, the matter is completed;
    5. If the player disputes either the charge or sanction/s, there is a hearing before a CA Commissioner;
    6. The player may appeal the outcome of that hearing, and if so there is a hearing before an Appeals Commissioner (who is selected from the remaining CA Commissioners).

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