New reports in Australian media suggest Steve Smith was unaware of ‘key elements’ in ball tampering saga

  • Steve Smith knew little of the exact details of David Warner ball tampering and Cameron Bancroft ball tampering scandals
  • Although Smith was not in the planning, his failure to even attempt to stop the wrongdoing led to his ban
  • Following the ball tampering scandals, Steve Smith IPL 2018 and David Warner IPL 2018 contracts were suspended

In the latest Steve Smith news, Sydney Herald have come up with sensational claims of Steve Smith not being aware of the exact plans which led to the ball tampering scandal on Day 3 of the 3rd Test match at Newlands Capetown. According to reports from Cricket.com.au, Smith was never given the complete details about how the entire ball tampering was carried out on the pitch. However, Cricket Australia have confirmed that despite Smith’s lack of exact information, his failure to acknowledge the immediate wrong-doing and take any justifiable steps to prevent it makes him as guilty of the ball tampering scandal as David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

Recent reports coming from Sydney Herald said: “Investigators were told Smith did not know how the plan would be carried out until after Bancroft had been exposed on the big screen. It is believed they found Smith had expressed his dislike of the plan but did not attempt to stop it.”

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According to reports match officials are convinced that the sandpaper was used twice on the ball which had altered the match ball’s condition. It is believed that David Warner and Cameron Bancroft sat together during the lunch break on Day 3 and from South African’s persistent batting on Day 3, Warner and Bancroft decided to pull the ball tampering stunt which then got caught on camera.

The reports claim that Australian players had very little time with each other during the lunch break thus the theory of only a handful of players knowing about the scandal comes out correctly. Although there was a loud voice in a cramped Australian dressing room saying “don’t be ridiculous” however, players did not pay enough attention to it at that time.

By then, Steve Smith was aware that Warner and Bancroft were up to something but the skipper against his defined role of duty decided not to act and allow the duo to carry the ball tampering incident on the field. Subsequently, David Warner and Steve Smith have been banned from playing for next 12 months which also saw Steve Smith IPL 2018 and David Warner IPL 2018 contract get suspended as well.

How AB de Villiers and Graeme Smith caught David Warner ball tampering

Amid the entire David Warner ball tampering saga, News Ltd have reported a story saying how AB de Villiers spotted something weird happening during the play and informed the former South African skipper Graeme Smith who then aligned the cameramen to keep a close eye on the ball’s movement from Tim Paine’s gloves to the Aussie fielders.

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After constant surveillance, Cameron Bancroft ball tampering footage was caught on camera and everyone saw how the opener was seen using a yellow tape/sandpaper to rough-up the ball and allow the Aussies bowlers to exploit the reverse swing.

The report also claims how a “total fluke” of a decision led to the entire bust-up of David Warner ball tampering scandal. Alvin Naicker was the man responsible for the coverage of Newlands test match and he said: “Bancroft (was) shining the ball and when he threw the ball, in his right hand I could see something in between his fingers. We put it on a bigger monitor. I thought, ‘OK, I haven’t seen this before’, and we played it back in slow motion.”

“Then I cut to him and cut to the coach (Lehmann on the walkie-talkie). Something wasn’t right, so we continued following the story. The rest of the visuals speak for themselves. We didn’t script it. They way they behaved gave us the opportunity to get more things unravelling.”

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