Hussain slams Australian 'double standards' over ball scandal

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The ICC found Captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft guilty of ball tempering during the Test match between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town. Once Cameron Bancroft, who was tasked with working on the ball with sandpaper hidden under his trousers, was caught red-handed, Smith had no choice but to admit guilt.

"I saw an opportunity to potentially use some tape to get some granules from the rough patches on the wicket and try to change the ball condition", Bancroft said.

Meanwhile, Smith has stepped down as captain of the Rajasthan Royals with India batsman Ajinkya Rahane taking over.

David Warner and Smith have been condemned for their part in the scandal. Although Bancroft was the directly guilty party his penalty was less severe, a nod to his junior role within the side.

Both Bancroft and Smith received fines for their role in the scandal, which has taken on the moniker of SandpaperGate.

Warner's vice-captaincy also hangs in the balance, with the opener shaping as another enforced omission for the fourth Test. "It may have been implemented by a junior player in Cameron Bancroft but it came with the backing and knowledge of "the leadership group", a core of senior guys in the Australian set-up", added Gillespie. On the conference while confessing Steve Smith said, "We'll move past this", on Saturday. "In recent weeks we have seen incidents of ugly sledging, send-offs, dissent against umpires' decisions, a walk-off, ball-tampering and some ordinary off-field behaviour". "We have to raise the bar across all areas". Smith has maintained Lehmann had nothing to do with the plot.

Former England all-rounder Ian Botham also wants to hear explanations. Lehmann, Saker & the leaderships groups jobs are untenable!

It's a devastating fall from grace for Smith, one of the world's top players.

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"Our Greatest Disgrace" and "Smith's Shame" screamed the Australian newspapers when they reported about the tampering.

A statement from the commission's chairman John Wylie, the ASC board and chief executive Kate Palmer read: "The ASC condemns cheating of any form in sport".

Meanwhile, Ashes series naming rights sponsor Magellan said it would be looking for a swift response from Cricket Australia.

Harbhajan Singh feels that the punishment awarded to them is not severe.

"As I said earlier today, Cricket Australia and Australian cricket fans expect certain standards of conduct from cricketers representing our country, and on this occasion these standards have not been met". The Marylebone Cricket Club, the guardian of the laws of the game, called for a "major shift in attitude" to preserve the game for future generations.

"I know (it's) really hard for a lot of people and it's going to take a lot of time, and I accept that, but forgiveness", Clarke said in comments from a TV interview posted, interestingly, on Cricket Australia's official website. That is when commentator and former South African Test fast bowler Fanie de Villiers sensed that Australia may have been doing something untoward with the ball, he told RSN Radio.

"The silence has been deafening actually, not just from Lehmann and Saker the bowling coach, but also from David Warner".

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