Australia coach Lehmann to resign after South Africa test

Cameron Bancroft

A formal announcement is expected soon.

(Eds: updating with official Cricket Australia statement and collating relevant stories) Sydney, Mar 28 (PTI) Steve Smith and David Warner were slapped with a one-year global ban and ousted from this year's IPL, while Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months as Cricket Australia cracked the whip on the errant trio for its role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

Smith and Warner have confessed about their role in the pre-planned strategy to tamper the ball to seek unlawful advantage during the South African innings. Virat Kohli's men are scheduled to tour Australia to play four Tests, three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches.

He had already resigned from his duties as captain of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad, while electronics giants LG also decided not to renew their contract with Australia's former vice-captain.

Vice-captain Warner, along with skipper Steve Smith, have been banned from all global and domestic cricket for a year for their behaviour.

"If the Australian team is to turn things around have the right environment, which allows the best culture and best way of playing the game into the future, Warner will really have to modify the way he behaves to fit back in".

For his part in the incident, Bancroft was handed a nine-month suspension from worldwide and Australian domestic cricket.

Former spinner Shane Warne believes the Australia ball-tampering scandal has been blown out of proportion and the punishments handed to Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are excessive.




He was filmed not only rubbing the ball with the dirtied tape but also concealing the evidence down the front of his pants. He needed punishing but I think this is too harsh ...

Warne pointed out that South Africa captain Faf du Plessis had been charged with ball-tampering twice and some of the biggest names in the game had also been found guilty of the offence.

He would describe the reaction to the cheating as "unbelievable", going on to say: "Hopefully the game gets back to the game of cricket, which is a game to be loved and enjoyed".

He has been sent home, suspended for 12 months, ordered to complete 100 hours of community service in Aussie grassroots cricket and been told he will never be considered for a leadership position in the Aussie cricket team.

"We have chose to bar them from this season".

The 25-year-old had initially denied using sand paper on the ball and apologised for lying when the scandal broke out.

His voice choking with emotion at a news conference on the eve of the Johannesburg test, the last of the four-match series against arch rivals South Africa, Lehmann said his decision to quit was tough but voluntary.

Smith said after the Test that the Australia team's "leadership group" had been aware of the plan. The ICC banned Smith for one test, gave Bancroft disciplinary demerit points but no ban at all, and didn't even charge Warner with any offence following the tampering episode in the third test last weekend.

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