Darren Lehmann, David Warner and Steven Smith © Getty Images
Darren Lehmann, David Warner and Steven Smith © Getty Images

Steven Smith, Cameron Bancroft and David Warner were suspended by Cricket Australia (CA) as the investigation continues in the ball tampering row. The ball tampering was planned by the so-called leadership group during the third Test against South Africa. All three were find found guilty of breaching article 2.3.5 of Cricket Australia’s Code of Conduct will be heading back home on Thursday morning from South Africa Darren Lehmann will continue to serve as Australia’s head coach. CA CEO James Sutherland in his media interaction said: ”In view of the broader reputational and integrity issues involved, the sanctions that will be contemplated are significant . The process must therefore be thorough to ensure that all relevant issues have been examined. 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.”

He further added, ”We will have more to say about this review in the coming days, but it will be conducted by an expert panel who will report to the Cricket Australia Board.” He stressed on the fact that Lehmann was not aware of the ball tampering row. “Darren Lehmann has not offered to resign as far as I’m aware, certainly not to me,” he said.

Tim Paine has been appointed as Australia’s Test captain for the fourth match against South Africa. Glenn Maxwell, Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns have been added to the Australian set up for the fourth Test.

Smith had already been handed 1-Test ban and 100 per cent match fine, while Cameron Bancroft was charged 75 per cent fine by ICC. Smith and Warner had also stepped down as captain and vice-captain a day after the skipper admitted to commit the heinous crime