Ball tampering plot: Smith, Warner banned for 12 months

Cameron Bancroft, the player caught on camera attempting to doctor the ball with a piece of tape, has been banned for nine months, said the Cricinfo report, adding that an official announcement of their penalties is expected to be announced soon.

Smith was merely found to have "knowledge of a plan to artificially alter the condition of the ball".

However, chief coach Darren Lehmann has been given a clean chit for the time being, as Cricket Australia concluded its preliminary investigations on Wednesday.

CA has made it abundantly clear who it believes was most culpable and deceptive in the shameful saga that has triggered nation-wide outrage, with fresh waves of anger expected when the public learn players lied about what Bancroft stuffed down his trousers. Further, he was also charged for directing Bancroft to hide the incriminating evidence, which in this case was the yellow-coloured sandpaper tape, in his pants rather than informing the officials about it.

Members of the touring party were shocked to see their vice-captain drinking champagne at the team hotel on Monday, when CA's integrity chief Iain Roy grilled players over the ball-tampering ploy.

All three players will be suspended from all global and domestic cricket, and have to undertake 100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket.

South Africa coach Ottis Gibson said Australia's desperation to win might have driven them to tamper with the ball.

"No other players or support staff had prior knowledge, including Darren Lehman, who has not resigned and will continue to coach under current contract", Sutherland said.

The trio will be replaced for the fourth and final test at The Wanderers in Johannesburg by opening batsmen Matthew Renshaw and Joe Burns, as well as all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.

Lehmann said the Australians could perhaps learn from the way a team like New Zealand played their cricket.

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"The players involved have been handed down very serious sanctions and they know they must face the consequences". We love all our players and they are going through a really rough time, as you'd imagine you would be in this scenario. "I mean, there's no need for the Australians to cheat because they're a bloody good team".

"The underarm incident has been well and truly dead and buried by this one", Tim King said on the streets of Sydney on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a review into the culture of the Australian cricket team, brought into sharp focus in the wake of the scandal, will be published in due course.

Cricket Australia has also confirmed Australia will play a two-test and ODI series against Sri Lanka beginning in December.

For us it is about the cricket.

"The jump to hysteria is something that has elevated the offence beyond what they actually did, and maybe we're at a point where the punishment just might not fit the crime", he said in an article for Australia's Daily Telegraph.

Former England Test captain Michael Vaughan was similarly unconvinced, tweeting "Only 3 people knew".

"We all do", he said.

He also pointed out how West Indies cricketer Andre Russell missed the 2017 edition of IPL after he was banned for a year over doping charges in January last year.

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