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Ball-tampering row: Panic led to Cameron Bancroft getting caught, say Broadcasters

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Cameron Bancroft at the centre of a ball-tampering row

However, there's a disclaimer on the website named Trade Me that says the sandpaper isn't the same brand as used by Cameron Bancroft which he used to roughen up the ball during the Day 3 of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town to help his bowlers extract swing.

David Warner is also set to be blocked from playing the closing match of the series by CA while Cameron Bancroft, the player who used yellow tape to try and rough up one side of the ball, is also nearly certain to be jettisoned. Smith refused to name names at the time. However, if the maximum penalty is applied under Cricket Australia's code of behaviour, Smith and Warner may face life bans.

"It's impossible for the ball to get altered like that on cricket wickets where we knew there was grass on, not a Pakistani wicket where there's cracks every centimetre".

"It's been a disgusting 24 hours - I want to apologise to our fans and those back home", said Tim Paine who was handed the stand-in skipper role on Sunday.

The boss's decision to head to South Africa himself underlined the severity of the scandal. "It took some pretty skilled cameraman to pick it up in the first place".

Cricket Australia chairman David Peever asked for a little patience to carry out the investigation with "due diligence", with cricket-mad Australians, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, demanding answers and action with the reputation of their favourite sporting team in tatters.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson laid the charge against Smith under to Article 2.2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel which prohibits to "all types of conduct of a serious nature that is contrary to the spirit of the game".

Veteran cricket writer Robert Craddock revealed Warner will be all but joining Steve Smith on the sidelines for the Johannesburg Test after Cricket Australia spent Monday deliberating on the former vice-skipper's future.

England captain Joe Root has dismissed rumours that Australia may have tampered with the ball during the recent Ashes series.

Little-known Zotani Oscar is now the talk of the sporting world after he filmed Cameron Bancroft rubbing yellow sticky tape over the ball.

Smith and Warner are in danger of being fired permanently from their positions and even expelled from the team.

"Knowing him like I do, he would've done that to attempt to protect Cameron", he added.

In a front-page headline reflecting the mood of a nation, which feels betrayed, one Australian newspaper said: "Sack them all". Ball tampering on the agenda today? That's now tarnished. "This is deeply disappointing and certainly not what anyone expects from our national cricket team", Qantas said in a statement.

In more trouble for the game Down Under, Australia's major cricket sponsors, including Qantas Airways, breakfast cereal maker Sanitarium and brewer Lion, have said they were assessing their relationship with Cricket Australia.

"Steve believes given the current circumstances it's in the best interest of the Rajasthan Royals that he steps down as captain so the team can get ready for the start of the IPL without the ongoing distractions", the club said.

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