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Bancroft to 'regret' ball-tampering scandal 'for the rest of my life'

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Australia look for redemption after week of crying shame

In the immediate future, wicketkeeper Tim Paine will nearly certainly captain the side for this week's final test in Johannesburg as he did on the final day of the defeat at Newlands which left Australia 2-1 down in the series.

'Not a second has gone by that I have not thought about the events of last Saturday night, ' he said.

Smith oversaw the bungled plot to alter the shape and condition of the ball during last week's controversial third Test against South Africa at Newlands, during which Bancroft was captured attempting to hide yellow tape, subsequently confirmed as sandpaper, in his pants. Text the word "SPORTS" to 22840 and receive local and global sports news as it happens.

"He will continue to coach the Australian men's team".

While many pundits have expressed doubts that the ball tampering affair in Cape Town was a one-off incident, Smith made it clear that he had never encountered anything like it on his watch. Bancroft had 75 percent of his match fee deducted and was given three demerit points.

Both will remain in South Africa while Cricket Australia conducts its own investigation, the governing body confirmed on Monday, and more punishments can be expected after that.

"The game needs to have a hard look at itself".

"We need to look at the penalty imposed, specific to ball-tampering". They were found to have breached Article 2.3.5 of the Code of Conduct, which relates to conduct at any time that is contrary to the spirit of the game, unbecoming of a representative, harmful to the interests of the game, or bringing the game into disrepute.

Now, in the early weeks of his year-long ban from the game, Smith will be fortunate to walk the streets and not be reminded of how much he has sullied the baggy green cap this country holds so dear. "It's about the integrity and reputation of Australian cricket and Australian sport", Sutherland intoned. "We have to raise the bar across all areas".

Former Australia vice captain David Warner broke his silence over the ball-tampering saga on Thursday with a post on social media in which he apologised and accepted responsibility for his "part" in the scandal. Failing to put a stop to vice-captain David Warner's plan to cheat has threatened to destroy Smith's career.

"I hope the rebounds from this and I hope the Australian public find it in their hearts to forgive these young men and get behind the 11 who are going to take the field tomorrow".

"All Australians, like us, want answers and we will keep you updated on our findings, as a matter of priority".

Sutherland promised that the immediate cricket fates of Smith, Warner and Bancroft would be known within a day.

"I know how sad and remorseful he is". "The coaches weren't involved".

Andy Hurry, Somerset's director of cricket, said: "Over the last few days, cricket has been overshadowed by a very dark cloud". I'm embarrassed by that.

"It's a poor reflection of everyone in that dressing room".

"I really feel for Steve, as I saw him crying in front of the media". "I think by the time we get to our next board meeting face to face we'll have that considered and be working through that".

"I won't be considering stepping down". I apologise for my part and take responsibility for it, ' the statement read.

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