Smith and Warner suspended for 12 months, Bancroft gets nine-month ban

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Australian cricket fans demanded harsh punishment for the players involved in the ball-tampering saga and CA eventually handed the respective bans.

A bombshell media release from CA revealed it was sandpaper, not sticky tape, that Bancroft worked on the ball with during the third Test against South Africa.

The actions of Smith and Warner, the leaders of the team, and Bancroft, a relative newcomer, have also reverberated through the cricketing world.

Earlier, Smith was slapped with one-match ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and was also fined for breaching the code of conduct.

Four days after they were exposed, Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday suspended disgraced captain Steve Smith and vice captain David Warner for 12 months each and opener Cameron Bancroft for nine months over a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

"If we take a leaf out of someone like New Zealand. we push the boundaries on the ground, so we need to make sure we are respecting the game and its traditions".

The punishments effectively mean Smith's next game for Australia will nearly certainly be a warm-up game for next year's World Cup in England, which is followed by an away Ashes campaign.

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"They (Cricket Australia) have banned two players and we are also barring these two players from this year's IPL", IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla told reporters today.

Steve Smith and David Warner, former Australia captain and vice-captain respectively, have been banned for a 12 month period by Cricket Australia.

He said: "I'm the one who comes up on Google as the man who took the lead role in Australian cricket's darkest day - it's a real relief I can finally drop that title".

Australia then host Bangladesh in two tests and three ODIs in August before playing away against Pakistan in a five match ODI series and then hosting South Africa in a similar limited overs series in November.

All three have the right to appeal against their punishments - they would get a hearing from an independent commissioner - and have been offered support from the Australian Cricketers' Association should they choose to go down this road.

"We are all struggling to believe what he said, that it was just the three players who knew what was happening, that the coach had to know". So, they can ask for replacements of these two players. The plan to alter the condition of the ball was made at Lunch break between senior players, which later emerged as Smith and Warner, without the consent of the coaching staff.

Lehmann admits both he and Australia's cricket team have to change, vowing to oversee a cultural overhaul in response to the ball-tampering scandal.

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