Disgraced Cricketers Sent Home From South Africa

Coach Lehmann remains

27 March 2018

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Darren Lehmann remains coach, but disgraced Australian cricketers Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will soon return home from South Africa as the fallout continues from the ball-tampering bombshell.

Cricket Australia (CA) will finalise sanctions for Smith, Warner and Bancroft within the next 24 hours. The trio have been reported for breaching CA's code of conduct.

Smith's hold on the captaincy is extremely tenuous, with CA chief executive James Sutherland noting "it's not appropriate at this stage" to comment whether Smith can ever lead the team again.

WhileWarner will almost certainly be stripped of the vice-captaincy, with suggestions  the opener may have played his last game for Australia.

Bancroft is also facing a long ban, having carried out a premeditated plan to illegally scuff the ball during the third Test in Cape Town.

CA's investigation is ongoing but all other players, coaches and support staff have been cleared by CA's head of integrity Iain Roy, who  conducted a series of interviews in Cape Town.

It's now understood Warner suggested other members of the team were aware of the ploy.

Sutherland announced an independent review into the team's conduct and culture, but indicated Lehmann will continue to coach "under his current contract". That deal runs until the end of the 2019 Ashes.


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