Australian Prime Minister wants ‘decisive action’ against Steve Smith and co. for ‘cheating’

Bancroft ball tampering, Australia ball tampering controversy has induced another cricket ball tampering debate
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  • In a shocking turn of events, Australian captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft admitted to tampering with the ball during the 3rd test in Cape Town against SA.
  • Bancroft ball tampering incident has let to a huge uproar against the 2015 World Cup winning team
  • Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull requested Cricket Australia to take a decisive action in the Australia ball tampering incident

The game of cricket was sent into it’s biggest crisis in recent years as Australian captain Steven Smith and young opener Cameron Bancroft admitted to tampering with the ball during third day’s play in the 3rd Test match against South Africa at Newlands, Capetown. Social media has been buzzing since the unfortunate incident was captured by the on-ground TV cameras. The Bancroft ball tampering incident is surely going to leave a big blot on the proud history of Australian cricket. Cricket ball tampering is seen and counted amongst the worst actions in the game and the Australian ball tampering incident will stay long in the memory of young cricket fans, who see these players as role-models. After the Steve Smith brain fade remark last year against India, many cricket pundits are asking the question as to whether the Australian captain should be sacked or not, following the embarrassing turn of events. To follow more such live cricket news and cricket latest news, visit the official Rooter website and stay in touch with the game.


Bancroft and Smith admit to ‘Cheating’ at the press-conference after Day 3

Following visuals of Bancroft ball tampering appearing on big screen in the ground, the young opener and his captain were left with no choice but to admit their mistake. In the post-day 3 press conference, speaking about his actions, Bancroft said, “I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I want to be here (in the press conference) because I want to be accountable for my actions.

A few minutes later, Steve Smith shocked the present press and people watching across the globe when he admitted that the ‘leadership group’ in the Australian team-management knew about it. He said, “The leadership group knew about it. We spoke about it at lunch. I’m not proud of what happened. It’s not in the spirit of the game.


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has his say in the controversy 

Apart from the fans and international cricketers, Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull also expressed his utter disappointment with the actions of the national team. The 63-year-old told the reporters, “We all woke up this morning shocked and bitterly disappointed by the news from South Africa. It seemed completely beyond belief that the Australian cricket team had been involved in cheating.

After all, our cricketers are role models and cricket is synonymous with fair play. How can our team by engaged in cheating like this? It beggars belief. There’s a lot of disappointment.

When asked whether he had made contact with Cricket Australia (CA), Turnbull said, “I’ve expressed to them very clearly and unequivocally my disappointment and my concern about the events in South Africa.

It’s their responsibility to deal with it but I have to say the whole nation who holds those who wear the baggy green up on a pedestal — about as high as you can get in Australia, higher than any politician that’s for sure — this is a shocking disappointment and it’s wrong and I look forward to Cricket Australia taking decisive action soon.

The Bancroft ball tampering incident was caught on live television and both him and Smith were asked to meet with the ICC officials after the end of Day 3. Bancroft later admitted in the press-conference that he had met match officials after play and faced a charge of attempting to change the condition of the ball.

With this latest blow-up calls for Steve Smith to be sacked will just grow louder with each passing hour. In other live cricket news, South Africa ended day 3 with a massive lead of 294 and are 5 wickets down. There are also doubts regarding Steve Smith’s position as the captain of Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2018.

Watch: Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland speaks to the media following Smith and Bancroft’s press conference. 


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