Hashim Amla has sympathy for Steve Smith, David Warner & Cameron Bancroft

Marsha Scott
March 29, 2018

They will reach Johannesburg today and will meet the chief of code of conduct committee Iyan Roy.

Warner was held responsible for carrying out the exercise to artificially tamper the ball and then guiding a young player to carry out the plan.

CA also claims Warner failed to "voluntarily report his knowledge of the plan after the match", whereas Smith and Bancroft came clean.

Lehmann said: "I'm not going to resign as was said [by CA chief executive James Sutherland]. They're playing for Australia, so that's important".

"People who are paid that sort of money, by us, watching television, buying tickets, buying merchandise.it's a disgrace what they've done". We love all our players, and they're really going through a tough time.

Warner, a divisive figure in world cricket, was previously fined 75 per cent of his match fee after an altercation with Quinton de Kock earlier in the series, while South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada was banned for two games for bumping into Smith, although the suspension was later lifted.

Darren Lehmann remains coach, with CA's investigation team finding that no coach or member of support staff knew of the ball-tampering ploy.

Joe Burns, Matthew Renshaw and Glenn Maxwell are on their way to South Africa to plug the gaps for the fourth test against the Proteas, which starts in Johannesburg on Friday with the tourists needing a win to tie the series 2-2.

Tim Paine, who took over from Smith as captain mid-match in Cape Town as the furore began to unfold, was officially appointed as captain of the Test team on Tuesday.

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Warner is unlikely to play for Australia again, while Smith could return as a batsman for next year's Cricket World Cup in England beginning in May. Smith and Warner were supposed to captain their respective franchises, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad, in this edition but stepped down in the wake of the scandal.

Captain Steve Smith and vice captain David Warner have been banned from playing for the national side for a year following their roles in the incident that caused national outrage during the third Test against South Africa.

"The CoA, in consultation with BCCI Acting President Mr CK Khanna, IPL Chairman Mr Rajeev Shukla and BCCI Acting Hon".

The financial hit will be significant, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) blocking the duo from taking part in this year's Indian Premier League.

After India's tour, the 25-year-old Bancroft will be available for selection when Sri Lanka visit Australia in early 2019 for two tests and three ODIs before Australia travel to India for five ODIs and two T20 matches, which have already been scheduled between February 24 and March 13.

As a result Smith and Bancroft have been ruled out of consideration for team leadership positions for a further 12 months following their bans, while Warner has been banned from the leadership group for life.

Things have gone spiraling down for the Kangaroos since Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera tampering the ball during the third Test. "Then I spoke to the players at tea time and I said we'll deal with it at the end of play, which happened during the process".

The trio will be required to undertake 100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket.

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