David Warner (L) and Steven Smith © Getty Images
David Warner (L) and Steven Smith © Getty Images

Steven Smith and David Warner  ahead of Day Four of the third Test against South Africa announced that they have stepped down from captaincy and vice-captaincy of the Australian national side for the remainder of this Test. Cricket Australia said Sunday as it investigates a ball-tampering scandal. Tim Paine will take over reins for the remainder of the Test. Smith took responsibility for Australia’s decision to attempt to alter the condition of the ball on day three, an act carried out by Cameron Bancroft that was exposed by television cameras. Cricket Australia’s CEO James Sunderland said: “Following discussions with Steve Smith and David Warner they have agreed to stand down as Captain and Vice-Captain respectively for the remainder of this Test match. This Test match needs to proceed, and in the interim we will continue to investigate this matter with the urgency that it demands.”

CA Chairman, David Peever said: “The Board of Cricket Australia has endorsed Tim Paine to step in as Acting Captain for the remainder of this Test. Both Steve and David will take to the field today under Tim’s captaincy. The Board fully supports the process for an immediate investigation into what occurred in Cape Town. We regard this as a matter of the utmost seriousness and urgency. We will ensure we have all information available to make the right decisions for Australian Cricket.”