Smith, Warner step down over ball tampering
March 25 2018 12:53 PM
Steve Smith (L), David Warner
Steve Smith (L) captain of Australia and teammate David Warner (R) wait to start the days play during day one of the second cricket Test match between New Zealand and Australia at the Hagley Park in Christchurch. February 20, 2016 file picture. AFP


Australia's Steve Smith and David Warner have stepped down as captain and vice-captain following the ball tampering scandal in South Africa, Cricket Australia said in a statement on Sunday.

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine, 33, would step in as acting captain for the remainder of the ongoing third test against South Africa, CA added.
Smith said he was embarrassed and took responsibility for the actions of his side after they were charged with attempting to change the condition of the ball on Saturday but he will not be stepping down as skipper.
Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, 25, the most junior member in the side, was the player charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for trying to change the condition of the ball using sticky tape and grit from the pitch. 

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