Aussie skipper Smith banned, Bancroft fined for ball-tampering

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Australia's Steve Smith has stepped down as captain following the ball tampering scandal.

CAPE TOWN - Austrian Captain Steve Smith has been fined 100 percent of his match fee for ball tampering, the International Cricket council (ICC) confirmed on Sunday.

He was also handed a one-Test ban.

Cameron Bancroft was handed a 75 percent match fee fine and three demerit points for ball-tampering.

Tim Paine will step in as acting captain for the remainder of the Test in Newlands, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said in a statement on Sunday.

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Tim Paine will step in as acting captain for the remainder of the Test in Newlands, CA chief James Sutherland said in a statement on Sunday.

"Following discussions with Steve Smith and David Warner, they have agreed to stand down as Captain and Vice-Captain respectively, for the remainder of this Test match," Sutherland said.

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.

 

 

- Additional reporting Reuters