Lehmann to resign as Aussies coach

27 March, 2018, 18:51 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Cape Town: The cricketing world was taken aback when Australia's Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera tampering the ball during day three of the third Test between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town.

Hussain told Sky Sports News: "To say that you blatantly cheated and you sat in a meeting before going out on a cricket field saying "we are going to take sandpaper or whatever out onto a cricket field and try and cheat in this game", I think it's very, very hard for you to stay in your job as a captain".

Darren Lehmann's stint as Australia coach could also be coming to an end with reports saying that he is set to resign from his post.

Speaking to South Africa's Independent Media, Smith said: "I think the ICC missed an opportunity to really handle this properly and lead our game".

Even as former cricketers are severely criticizing Smith and his men, the International Cricket Council (ICC) slapped a one-match ban and 100 percent match fee as fine on the former captain.

Not since the "homeworkgate" saga of 2013, when Shane Watson was banned, flew home, copped criticism from Howard then returned to India and became Australia's 44th Test captain, has there been such instability in Australian cricket.

Bancroft used yellow sticky tape and grit from the pitch to work on the ball while attempting to shine it. Host broadcasters repeatedly showed the footage of the tampering.

Ball tampering is taken very seriously and results in a level two charge under ICC rules. "I still think I'm the right person for the job", he said.

Smith has been suspended for the fourth test in Johannesburg starting on Friday and Warner won't be allowed to play.

The video also highlights the notorious underarm bowling incident involving the Australian team. My integrity, the team's integrity, the leadership groups integrity has come into question and rightfully so.

It was opener Cameron Bancroft and skipper Steve Smith who faced the music and admitted to their involvement, but an internal investigation from Cricket Australia (CA) is expected to place Warner in the middle of the circus as well.

Cape Town, Mar 26 (AP/UNB) - Arriving and departing to boos from the crowd, Australia's cricketers endured further humiliation on Sunday when they were bowled out for 107 to lose to South Africa by 322 runs in the third test after admitting to cheating a day earlier. A South African cameraman brought this whole issue to the front.

Cricket Australia will announce tomorrow what punishments the players will receive.

Former Australian captain, Michael Clarke thought that Lehmann was not damned equally whether he had known about the plan to cheat, or if he had not.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, too, slammed the national cricket team for cheating.

"We want to get to a point, where we can all say, once again, not rhetorically, but heartfelt and with sincerity that cricket is a fair game, cricket is a game that is synonymous with fair-go and fair play".


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