Steve Smith, Bancroft and Warner to return home from South Africa: Cricket Australia CEO Sutherland

WION Web Team
Johannesburg, South AfricaUpdated: Mar 27, 2018, 11:11 PM IST

A file photo of Steve Smith and David Warner. Photograph:(Twitter)

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Addressing the press conference on the ball tampering row, Sutherland said offences go beyond technicalities.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland today apologised for the ball-tampering row which has engulfed the cricket world in the Australia-South Africa series.

Addressing the press conference on the ball-tampering row, Sutherland said offences go beyond technicalities.

"Only Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft and David Warner were aware of the ball-tampering plan," Cricket Australia's CEO said.

"All three players reported will leave South Africa on Wednesday and new replacements will come in," he added.

Sutherland said Cricket Australia will review the case and further sanctions will be announced in the next 24 hours.

Sutherland asserted that coach Darren Lehmann will continue as coach of the team. Sutherland said the Australian coach had no knowledge of the ball-tampering incident which occurred in the third Test at Cape Town on Saturday.