DID THE AUSSIE COACH NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE BALL BEING TAMPERED?

Steve Smith sent home in disgrace, Darren Lehmann survives Smith and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, the player caught on camera attempting to doctor the ball with a piece of tape, have been banished for their role in an incident which has dragged Australian cricket's reputation through the mud. Vice-captain David Warner was also sent packing, amid reports of a massive falling out between him and the team's fast bowlers who feel they have been unfairly linked to the row. Wicketkeeper Tim Paine will take over the captaincy for the fourth and final Test starting in Johannesburg Friday, with hosts South Africa leading a bad-tempered series 2-1. Matt Renshaw, Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns are jetting to South Africa as replacements. TIMELINE: How ball-tampering saga led to suspension of Smith, Warner, Bancroft But coach Darren Lehmann escaped punishment and will remain in charge, team management said in Johannesburg, with further sanctions on the three players to be announced shortly. "I understand and share the anger and disappointment of Australian fans," Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said of the controversy in the third Test in Cape Town last Saturday. "On behalf of Cricket Australia, I want to apologise to all Australians that these events have taken place, especially to...

IS THE PUNISHMENT LEVIED ON STEVEN SMITH BY THE ICC TOO LIGHT?

Steve Smith, David Warner Could Be Banned For Life After Ball-Tampering Scandal Steve Smith escaped with just a one-match suspension and a 100 percent fine on his match fee even after admitting to hatching a plan along with a few other "senior players" to alter the condition of the ball to gain an unfair advantage during the third Test against South Africa in Newlands, Cape Town. However, if reports are to be believed this might just be the start of sanctions for the under-fire Australian cricketer. Captain Smith and his deputy David Warner are both facing life bans if the maximum penalty is applied under Cricket Australia's code of behaviour. Australian cricket board's Head of Integrity Iain Roy and team performance manager Pat Howard travelled to South Africa to begin interviews with Smith, Warner, Cameron Bancroft and coach Darren Lehmann as part of an investigation into the cheating scandal. According to a ESPNCricinfo report, after his investigation, Roy will then recommend the charges following which an independent commissioner will hold a hearing and decide the severity of the penalty. The maximum penalty available to the code of conduct commissioner is a life ban from the sport, added the report. Meanwhile, while Smith was banned...

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