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Umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth confront Australia's Cameron Bancroft over alleged ball-tampering in the

The Australian cricket teams ball-tampering scandal has turned all eyes on them and flood of the outrages of the people on the team for cheating during the Test against South Africa. "They're struggling but I think probably the reality and the enormity is starting to sink in".

Ex-Australian opener Justin Langer is reportedly being courted as an emergency coaching stand-in for the Australian side, which will be captained by wicketkeeper and good Tassie boy Tim Paine for the time being. "On myself I saw an opportunity to. change the condition of the ball".

In a televised discussion with other former worldwide captains and players on Sunday, Smith was critical of the way the Australians had conducted themselves since before the tour.

Back in 1994, England captain Michael Atherton was accused of ball-tampering after cameras caught him rubbing the ball with the hidden dirt in his trousers' pocket.

Henriques said he thought Smith's claim about the leadership group discussing the plan at lunch was made without him fully understanding the backlast that would follow. The International Cricket Council (ICC) also has rules against ball tampering, which is regarded as an offence that carries a 100% fine of the match fee and up to four demerit points. If Australia want to salvage anything from this embarrassment, they should first sack both Smith and Warner as captain and vice-captain permanently, keep them away from the game for a year at least, cancel their central contracts with their Board and ask the BCCI to throw them out of IPL.

However, television broadcast vision which surfaced on Monday also appeared to show Lehmann speaking on a radio to Peter Handscomb moments before the Australian 12th man walked out to the middle of the field to deliver a message to Smith. "We are talking about a grass-covered wicket where you have to do something else to alter the shape, to alter the roughness of the ball on the one side", de Villiers told Australian radio station RSN.

"It's a big error in judgment but we'll learn from it", he said.

Smith had insisted while confessing to the cheating on Saturday that he wouldn't step down, and he and the team would "move past this".

The Australian cricket team is renowned for fighting all the way. Australia were in a game but the Proteas clearly favourites to win. The Australian prime minister said he expected cricket bosses to take "decisive action soon". "The behaviour of some of the players in the current South Africa/Australia series, and other incidents in recent times in the game we all cherish, has fallen well below the standard required to inspire future generations of cricket-loving families", the MCC said.

Buchanan also said that he was totally out of character, given the knowledge and experience about the sport Steve Smith holds. He'll miss the decisive last test of the series. Chappell's controversial instruction came when the Kiwis needed a six to tie the third One-Day International at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1981.

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