Published: Sun, March 25, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Steve Smith admit ball tampering in 3rd test against South Africa

Steve Smith admit ball tampering in 3rd test against South Africa

The senior members of a team are meant to guide and lead the younger ones, today Smith has done the exact opposite and has put Bancroft in an absolutely dire situation.

I think we've got to get to the bottom of why that has happened and what was it.

"We spoke about it and thought it was a possible way of getting an advantage".

"It's something I'm not proud of and hopefully I can learn from this and come back strong".

However, Smith insisted he would not resign. I have to take control of the ship. "I'm not proud of what's happened, it's not within the spirit of the game", Smith said.

Television footage appeared to show Bancroft, 25, take on object out of his pocket while fielding in the post-lunch session on the third day of the Test at Newlands.

Bancroft produced a black sunglasses carrier when pressed over the incident by the umpires, appearing to imply that the case was the only item in his pocket. It didn't work and the umpires didn't change the ball. "It didn't work. Once I was sighted on the (stadium) screen I panicked quite a lot, and that resulted in me shoving it (the tape) down my pants". "With 100s of cameras around it is obviously a risk", said Bancroft.

"It's not fair to nail Cameron Bancroft either".

The tampering and hiding of the tape was replayed over and over in slow motion and close up, on the big screen at Newlands and on television. However, while speaking to reporters after the day's play, Bancroft confessed that he was guilty of ball-tampering.

Subsequently, Bancroft, the on-field umpires and Australian skipper Steve Smith were seen having a conversation about the incident.

"We had a discussion during the break. It looks awful, a premeditated move to get reverse swing and a blatant attempt to ball tamper".

Some footage suggested communication between the coach Darren Lehmann and the 12th man Peter Handscomb, who relayed a message to Bancroft.

"My integrity, the team's integrity, the leadership group's integrity has come into question".

"We saw this as such an important game. We cant make accusations ... but you just cant do the things that it looks like he's doing", Warne said. "That's a mistake on our behalf".

The fact that South Africa were 294 runs ahead of Australia with five second innings wickets in hand at the end of the day was not even mentioned in the Australian press conference. I can promise you.

The scandal provoked widespread condemnation by former players.

"I feel a bit for Cameron Bancroft because I don't think he's taken upon himself to tamper".

However, former England cricketer Michael Vaughan appreciated Smith and Bancroft for their honesty.

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