Cameron Bancroft tampering with cricket ball during 3rd Test vs South Africa

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What followed was even worse when the Australian skipper, Steve Smith spectacularly confessed that the team management had chose to cheat by tampering with the ball in the third Test against South Africa in their desperation to win the match.

But Bancroft was caught doing it on the field by television cameras, and then attempted to hide the evidence by shoving the tape down his pants before he was questioned by umpires.

Cameron Bancroft was then caught using the tape, which was embedded with abrasive debris from the pitch, while working on the ball.

Australians awoke on Sunday to news the national cricket team deliberately cheated, and former captain Michael Clarke hoped he was just dreaming. "I can promise you this is the first time it has happened". "It was purely the leadership group and the players came up with this", added the captain who is playing in the 64th Test of a career which has yielded more than 6000 runs.

Expanding on the details of what occurred, Smith continued: "We spoke about it and thought it was a possible way to get an advantage and obviously it didn't work. A poor choice, our actions are deeply regrettable". Four demerit points will mean that Bancroft will miss the final Test at Johannesburg.

"I'm incredibly sorry for bringing the game into disrepute". Any actions taken with the goal of damaging the condition of the ball or accelerating the deterioration of the condition of the ball shall not be permitted.

"It's not fair to nail Cameron Bancroft either, I don't think he'd have made that decision by himself."

Smith said that while he took responsibility for the events at Newlands, he would not consider stepping down as captain.

South African skipper Faf du Plessis was reportedly furious after the clips of Bancroft's supposed ball tampering were shown in the South African dressing room.

"I am embarrassed", the 28-year-old said.

That information could have been conveyed to them by the television official, Ian Gould, or match referee Andy Pycroft.

"Steve Smith, his Team & ALL the management will have to accept that whatever happens in their careers they will all be known for trying to CHEAT the game", Vaughan tweeted. "I've been charged with attempting to change the condition of the ball", said Bancroft admitting that the match officials have charged him for ball tampering.

'I was cited on the screen and that resulted in me shoving it down my pants'. During their discussion, Bancroft removed the item from his pocket rather than where he had put it earlier.

Smith insisted coaching staff, including Darren Lehmann, were not aware of the premeditated plan and that his side have never tried using tape to scuff the ball before. "When you get caught you've got to own up and be honest and the Aussies have to be honest and say this is how it happened".

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