CA bans Warner, Smith for one year; suspends Bancroft for 9 months

The yearlong ban for Warner, the pugnacious 31-year-old opening batsman, may mean an end to his global career.

Steve Smith and David Warner, the captain and vice-captain, were today banned for a year and Cameron Bancroft for nine months for their involvement.

On Saturday, Smith and Bancroft admitted during a post-match press conference that they'd conspired to scuff the ball in an attempt to gain an unfair advantage over South Africa.

"(Cricket Australia's head of integrity) Iain Roy in his investigation found that to be the fact. "But they should still be allowed to play", he felt.

Warner will not be considered for team leadership positions in the future, CA said in a statement, while Smith and Bancroft will not be considered for leadership positions for a minimum of 12 months after their suspensions.

All three players will also be required to undertake 100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket. Cricket Australia said the trio will return home on Wednesday.

"It's been verified by others that on the walkie-talkie. he radioed down and said "what the f*** is going on!?' He said to Handscomb, 'find out what the f*** is going on".

Former Test players Matthew Renshaw, Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns are heading to South Africa to replace the demoted trio for the fourth and final Test in Johannesburg.

He said that the events of Cape Town should lead cricketers to ask: "What kind of cricket do you want to play?"

"These are significant penalties for professional players and the board does not impose them lightly", said Cricket Australia chairman David Peever. We love all our players and they are going through a really rough time, as you'd imagine you would be in this scenario.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland rushed over to South Africa after the news broke as the organisation conducted its own investigation. "I mean, there's no need for the Australians to cheat because they're a bloody good team".

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"There's a feeling in Australia this isn't just a one-off incident", he said.

"There are those countries that don't like Australia, don't like individuals in the team, and there has been a build-up of hate which has exploded and created this tornado of hysteria", he wrote.

Bancroft, who only made his Test debut at the start of Australia's recent 4-0 Ashes victory, is due to play for Somerset this year and the club have put out two statements thus far saying they are monitoring his situation.

The punishment confirmed a dramatic fall from grace for Smith, the star of Australian cricket and the No. 1-ranked test batsman.

Former England Test captain Michael Vaughan was similarly unconvinced, tweeting "Only 3 people knew. We did not take any decision in haste, it was a well thought-out decision".

The Australian also reports that the "banned players are ready to fight". "He was the no1 batsman in Test cricket".

South Africa had a net session on Wednesday but Australia cancelled theirs for unspecified reasons.

"I've seen Steve and he is distraught. very upset", Sutherland said.

"I am grateful that we are sitting in the South African change room without the shadows hanging over us".

Earlier, Warner stepped down as IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper, days after Smith gave up his captaincy of the Rajasthan Royals.

Warner is also suffering a sponsor backlash. "We need to work to bring the respect back from the fans".

  • Adam Floyd