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Steven Smith Handed One-match Ban

Australia captain Steven Smith will not play the fourth Test against South Africa in Johannesburg after the ICC gave him the maximum penalty for tampering with the ball on the third day of the Newlands Test. 

Fielder Cameron Bancroft, the player to actually tamper with the ball, was given three demerit points and fined 75% of his match fee after accepting the Level 2 charge.

Cricket Australia has announced Steve Smith and David Warner will stand down as Captain and Vice-Captain for the remainder of the Test match against South Africa. 

The Australian team is accused of ball tampering and Australian government asked Smith to be removed from the captaincy.

Both players took the field under the temporary leadership of wicketkeeper Tim Paine.

Wicket keeper Tim Paine to take the reins for the remainder of the third test in Cape Town, as the Captain of the team.


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