Steve Smith banned one match; Bancroft charged 75% match fees for ball tampering

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Australian captain Steve Smith banned 100 percent of his match fees and handed one-match suspension while Bancroft was charged 75% of his match fees following a ball-tampering case on day 3 of the third test held at Newlands in Cape Town.

The duo accepted the charges of the acts that were noticed by the cameras. In response, the umpires checked about the matter. Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft admitted their charges.

Bancroft said that the leadership group wanted him to tamper with the ball. Following the incident, Smith had to step down as Captain while David Warner stepped down from Vice-Captaincy.

Smith, 28, said that it was the leadership group plan to tamper with the ball and get an advantage.

Wicket-keeper batsman, Tim Paine was handed the captaincy role on Day 4 and will lead the lead the team in the fourth and final test.

Bancroft, 25, got three demerit points by the ICC apart from getting charged with match fees.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) released a statement that said Smith admitted a charge of conduct of as serious nature that is contrary to the spirit of the game.

The ICC Chief Executive, David Richardson told the media,” As captain, Steve Smith must take full responsibility for the actions of his players and it is appropriate that he be suspended.”

Smith could face further charges that may even include life ban.

Hours later, The Kangaroos lost the match by 322 runs following their batting collapse in just a single session (final session of day 4).

South Africa pacer Morne Morkel ended with figures of 5 for 23 as the hosts took a lead of 2-1 in the series. He will retire from international cricket at the end of the series.

The final match will begin in Johannesburg on Friday.

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