Ball-tampering row: Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to leave SA

Ball-tampering row: Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to leave SANEW DELHI: Three days on from the damning ball-tampering controversy which erupted in front of a global audience in Cape Town, Cricket Australia (CA) has announced that Steven SmithDavid Warner and Cameron Bancroft will fly back to Australia and have no further role to play in the ongoing tour of South Africa.

Speaking to reporters assembled inside a Johannesburg hotel on Tuesday, the CA CEO James Sutherland said that the board will be “in a position to announce sanctions” in the next 24 hours and that “as a matter of emergency” its investigation will be completed by Wednesday morning and the quantum of punishment for the trio will be revealed too.

This means that Australia, down 1-2 in the ongoing series, will head into the final Test on Friday without their best two batsmen. Tim Paine, who led the embattled touring team on the final day of the third Test after Smith and Warner stood down as captain and vice-captain, has been confirmed to lead Australia in the fourth match. Matt Renshaw, Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns have been named as the replacement players and they will reach South Africa on Wednesday.

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