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Australian ball-tampering: Steve Smith and David Warner banned for 12 months

On Wednesday, Steve Smith and David Warner were banned by Cricket Australia (CA) for 12 months each for their involvement in the ball-tampering controversy that erupted last Saturday during the Cape Town Test match, while Cameron Bancroft, who had claimed he used sticky yellow tape, was banned for nine months.

Cameron Bancroft, who carried out the cheating in South Africa, was given a nine-month ban by Cricket Australia.

The three had already been sent home from Australia’s tour – before a fourth Test begins on Friday – amid widespread condemnation stretching beyond sport.

Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull had said the affair “bitterly disappointed the whole nation”.

Smith, 28, and Bancroft, 25, have also been suspended from captaining Australia for at least the next two years.

Warner, 31, will not be considered for “any team leadership positions in the future”, Cricket Australia said.

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