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

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The admission of cheating brought a firestorm of anger, with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull saying he was "shocked and bitterly disappointed".In scathing commentaries Monday, Australian media said the team had heaped "disgrace and humilation" on the country, while sponsors also weighed in.

Cricket Australia (CA), which is investigating the ball-tampering incident in South Africa, has made a decision to ban Smith and Warner for a year.

Smith's predecessor as captain, Michael Clarke, thought that Lehmann was damned equally whether he had known about the plan to cheat, or if he had not. "It's been a terrible 24 hours".

Former Australian coach John Buchanan, who led the team from 1999 to 2007, said Smith must resign as captain and urged cricket chiefs to be fully transparent in their investigation. "We are talking about a grass-covered wicket where you have to do something else to alter the shape, to alter the roughness of the ball on the one side", de Villiers told Australian radio station RSN.

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Bancroft, who is a wicketkeeper-batsman but plays as a frontline batsman in this Australia side as Tim Paine keeps wickets, took an unidentifiable object, which he later admitted to be a yellow tape, to rub the ball.

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Additionally, Australia opener Cameron Bancroft has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee and handed three demerit points for breaching Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day's play on Saturday.

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"We have been incredibly disappointed by the actions taken by Steve Smith", said a spokeswoman for Sanitarium, the company that owns Weet-Bix. This was two years ago and obviously he has not learnt anything from his past errors.

But those comments seem to have misjudged the outrage in Australia, which holds its cricket team and its reputation dear. It's wrong and I look forward to Cricket Australia taking decisive action soon. The move followed a phone conversation between Smith and Sutherland.

"The ICC needs to do more to prevent poor behaviour and better police the spirit of the game, defining more clearly what is expected of players and enforcing the regulations in a consistent fashion. I don't know what the right ban is, but it shouldn't be just one Test match", said Smith. Losing a Test or a series is not the end of the world. Steve Smith and his deputy, David Warner, are now facing one-year ban each from the Australian cricket board. On the one hand it provided players with a reasonable income, so they didn't need another job, but it also saw the death of sportsmanship, one of the hallmarks of the grand old game.

He also, however, spoke out against the practice of "sledging" opponents, something Lehmann and his team have defended as part of the game and which had already contributed to a souring of relations with South Africa in this series.

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Smith and Warner both earn more than the highest-paid player in the AFL and in the NRL - combined.

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