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Steve Smith Australia Test captaincy, ball tampering video, press conference "This is certainly something I'm not proud of and something that I can hope to learn from and come back strong from." Smith is yet to speak with Cricket Australia chairman David Peever and/or chief executive James Sutherland about the saga.
How the ball tampering saga played out at Newlands Sequence of events that transpired leading to a confession of ball tampering from Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft.
Desperation drove Australia to cheat - Smith Australia's captain said it was the decision of the team's 'leadership group' to try and rough up the ball in an effort to get it to reverse, and that the coaches had nothing to do with it.
Captain Smith won't quit after Australia admit ball-tampering CAPE TOWN - Australia captain Steve Smith says he is embarrassed and takes responsibility for the actions of his side after they were charged with attempting to change the condition of the ball in the third test against South Africa on Saturday, but he will not be stepping down as skipper.
A ton for Gunn The England veteran is all set to become the first cricketer to feature in 100 T20Is.
Australia's 'blatant' ball tampering terrible for the game, says Nasser Hussain Nasser Hussain has criticised Australia for a "blatant attempt to ball tamper" on day three of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test: Aiden Markram, AB de Villiers lead Proteas' charge amidst Cameron Bancroft ball-tampering incident on Day 3 Aiden Markram and AB de Villiers batted South Africa into a strong position, leaving South Africa at 238 for 5 in their second innings when bad light ended play, an overall lead of 294. The series is tied at one match apiece. Opening batsman Markram made 84 and De Villiers batted with unusual caution to be 51 not out at the close.
Sarfraz Ahmed conferred with Sitara-e-Imitiaz award The Pakistan captain became the youngest cricketer to receive Pakistan's third-highest civilian award.
Australia cricket team admit cheating against South Africa after being caught ball-tampering Australia captain Steve Smith has admitted that his side deliberately tampered with the ball during the third Test against South Africa after batsman Cameron Bancroft was seen taking out an object from his pocket while shining the ball.
Bancroft charged with ball-tampering as Smith admits they planned it Bancroft was caught on television cameras holding a small yellow object which he said was a piece of sticky tape to try and tamper with the ball during day three of the third Test against South Africa.
Bancroft, Smith admit to ball-tampering Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft has admitted to trying to change the condition of the ball using a foreign object on the third day of the Cape Town Test against South Africa.
Cricket controversy: Australia admit ball tampering Its not on and it wont happen again, I can promise you." Bancroft was spoken to by the umpires on the field regarding an object that television footage appeared to show him take out of his pocket before shining the ball.
Australia admit ball tampering in third test against South Africa CAPE TOWN - Australia captain Steve Smith has said his side deliberately tried to tamper with the condition of the ball on the third day of the third test against South Africa at Newlands on Saturday in an orchestrated attempt to gain an advantage.
Cameron Bancroft accepts ball-tampering charges; Steven Smith says leadership group knew of it beforehand Australia's Cameron Bancroft and captain Steve Smith admitted to ball-tampering during the third Test against South Africa at Cape Town on Saturday. Bancroft was caught on television cameras appearing to rub a yellow object on the ball, and later said: "I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
England and Trevor Bayliss face crunch time PAUL NEWMAN IN AUCKLAND: It is crunch time now for England as a Test team and Trevor Bayliss as coach in the longer form. They have to escape without losing and then win in Christchurch.
Bancroft, Smith make ball-tampering confession Bancroft admitted that he used a yellow tape to collect rough granules from the pitch in order to change the condition of the ball.
Who's to blame for Sandpapergate? The cricketing fraternity reacted on Twitter following Cameron Bancroft's alleged ball-tampering act.
South Africa tightens its hold on the Test De Villiers is known for his swashbuckling style, but in the face of some excellent seam bowling from the tourists, chose to accumulate runs and ensure South Africa did not suffer a batting collapse similar to their first innings capitulation. Opener Aiden Markrams 84 had earlier included a mixture of fine stroke-play and luck.
100th T20 match beckons Jenny Gunn England's Jenny Gunn is all set to create history by becoming the first cricketer, male or female, to reach 100 Twenty20 matches when her team plays India in the Twenty20 tri-series at the Brabourne Stadium on Sunday.
Former BCCI President N Srinivasan and others gang up against CoA While notable participants among 22 state units were acting president CK Khanna, cornered treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry and current CAB president Sourav Ganguly, the acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary chose to skip the informal gathering keeping a distance from the revolters.
Bancroft could face ball tampering questions There were boos from a capacity crowd at Newlands when the incident was shown on the big screen at the ground.
South Africa's day of dominance eclipsed by fresh controversy Cameron Bancroft's involvement in a suspected ball tampering issue steals spotlight from a strong day for the hosts.
Cameron Bancroft's alleged ball-tampering incident evokes reactions on Twitter Bancroft was spoken to by umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth during the 43rd over of South Africa's second innings after appearing to have an object in his hand while at covers. Bancroft appeared to place a small yellow object in his underpants during umpires' conferring.
Bancroft embroiled in ball-tampering controversy against South Africa The Australia opener was spoken to by English umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth and showed them a different item from his pocket, seemingly a fabric sunglasses case.
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