Axe likely for Lehmann, Smith, Warner as CA holds crisis talks

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"In 2003, we modified the spirit of cricket document originally created by the MCC, to empower our players to set their own standards and commit to play the Australian way". It's when and how you admit it.

"I don't think we all would have expected this to be as big as it has been and particularly the fallout that we have seen from back home".

Veteran cricket writer Robert Craddock revealed Warner will be all but joining Steve Smith on the sidelines for the Johannesburg Test after Cricket Australia spent Monday deliberating on the former vice-skipper's future.

Australia captain Steve Smith and deputy David Warner potentially face a life ban for cheating under Cricket Australia's code of behaviour, according to several reports.

One of Smith's players was caught on camera pulling tape from his pocket and rubbing it on the ball.

Ball tampering is taken very seriously and results in a level two charge under ICC rules. "It's certainly not on and it won't happen again, I can promise you that under my leadership", said Smith.


It means he will miss the fourth and final Test in Johannesburg starting Friday.

Tough questions have also been asked by the Australian media over the involvement of coach Darren Lehmann, and if he knew about the plan.

"The Australian cricket team has always believed it could win in any situation against any opposition, by playing combative, skilful and fair cricket, driven by our pride in the fabled Baggy Green".

Captain Smith and vice-captain Warner both stood down from their senior roles in the 322-run defeat to South Africa in the third test, so wicketkeeper/batsman Tim Paine led the Australian side.

Lehmann took over from South African Mickey Arthur in 2013 in wake of national team appointments that removed foreign coaches in favour of home-grown alternatives in cricket, soccer and rugby union.

Although Smith made it clear that Lehmann and the coaching staff had no idea about the conspiracy, the head coach played a part by getting word to Bancroft that his use of some tape to try and scuff up one side of the ball had been spotted by the television cameras.


Australia batsman and captain Steve Smith leaves the ground after having been dismissed by South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada during day one of the second Sunfoil Test between South Africa and Australia at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth.

"It will be very hard for Smith now to carry on as captain once he returns from his one-match ban".

A Toyota spokesperson added: "We understand that Cricket Australia are taking it really seriously and we are confident that they will take the appropriate steps to get it sorted".

Speaking on Tuesday, Turnbull said: "They (CA) now have to make sure that this great, national game, this great global game that is synonymous with fair play, is once again a game that is played by champions, that everybody can look up to".

"If you are a terrific cricket team you want to be remembered as that - wonderful players, wonderful people".


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