Smith, Warner, Bancroft to face one-year suspensions, Coach Lehmann to resign: Report

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A report in the Daily Telegraph has suggested that the main three players involved could face one year ban after the ball tampering case while Coach Darren Lehmann might have to retire before the fourth and final test to be played in Johannesburg.

Australia captain, Steve Smith admitted the charges that the leadership group conspired with the opening batsman Cameron Bancroft to tamper with the ball during the third test held in Newlands, Capetown.

So far, Smith has been fined (for the third test) and suspended from the fourth test by the International Cricket Council (ICC) while he and David Warner have stood down from leadership roles ahead of a pending Cricket Australia investigation.

The national governing body will announce the investigation today. Lehmann might have to face charges despite being unaware/ aware of the conspiracy.

Former Australian captain, Michael Clarke thought that Lehmann was not damned equally whether he had known about the plan to cheat, or if he had not.

“If that’s the case, then the Australian head coach hasn’t got control of this Australian team,” Clarke told the local media.”And if he does know it, then he’s as accountable as anybody else.”

Lehmann took the head coach duty from South African Mickey Arthur in 2013 in the wave of national team appointments that removed foreign coaches.

Under the 48-year-old coach, Australia has won ODI World Cup win in 2015 and won two Ashes test series at home.

Lehmann is not much averse to making aggressive remarks but once spoke before Ashes of his hopes to send Stuart Broad home crying.

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