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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has fined Australian Captain Steve Smith 100% of his match fee and suspended for one Test match, while batsman Cameron Bancroft has been fined 75% of his match fee and handed three demerit points for their involvement in the ball tampering scandal during a match with the Proteas in Cape Town. (enw.co.za)

On Saturday evening 24 March 2018, just after the end of the third day’s play, Smith addressed media and admitted to conspiring, along with other members of the team’s leadership group, to come up with an intricate plan to illegally tamper with the ball to aid reverse swing.

Australia cricket captain Steve Smith fined and banned over ball tempering scandal. Photo: news.sky.com

Following his dramatic confession on Saturday, Smith stepped down as captain for the remainder of the Test while vice-captain David Warner did the same.

Below is the full statement by Cricket Australia

Cricket Australia provides the following update in light of events with the Australian Men’s Team in Cape Town, South Africa.

Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland 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.

“All Australians, like us, want answers and we will keep you updated on our findings, as a matter of priority,” concluded Mr Sutherland.

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