Australian cricket captain Smith banned as Australia’s day of shame ends in humiliation

Australian cricket captain Smith banned as Australia’s day of shame ends in humiliation, by Colin Bryden.

Australian cricket’s day of shame ended in a crushing 322-run rout at the hands of South Africa on Sunday and with captain Steve Smith banned for masterminding the ball-tampering scandal which has rocked cricket. …

It was a fittingly dismal end to the match for Australia after Smith, who has refused to quit but is facing a growing clamour to be sacked, had admitted hatching the plot to tamper with the ball during Saturday’s action.

The 28-year-old Smith was subsequently banned for one match by the ICC and fined 100 percent of his match fee, just hours after he and vice-captain David Warner had stood down from their positions for the remainder of the match. …

However, Cameron Bancroft, the 25-year-old opening batsman who was caught red-handed using yellow tape to alter the condition of the ball before hiding it in his underwear, escaped a suspension. …

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Australia’s admission of cheating brought a firestorm of anger down upon them.

“We all woke up this morning shocked and bitterly disappointed by the news from South Africa,” said Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. …

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who has himself twice been sanctioned for ball-related offences, gave Smith qualified support for coming clean. …

Former wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist told Australian broadcaster Channel Ten Sunday … “Australian cricket now — and the integrity of Australian cricket — is the laughing-stock of the world.”