March 24, 2018 was the day that embarrassed the Australian cricket team in front of the whole world. Due to this incident, Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for one year.
Australia did ball tampering in the Test series against South Africa (AFP)
New Delhi. March 24, 2018, a date which is the darkest day in Australian cricket history. That day Australia was embarrassed in front of the whole world. The players who were the pride of the Australian cricket team were dropped from the team itself. an event completed Australian team Proved to be a cheater. An incident put such a stain on the reputation of the world champion team which has not been washed till date. Due to dishonesty by ball tampering, from the coach to the captain of the team had to look for a way out of the team.
The place was the famous Cape Town ground of South Africa, where the third day of the third Test between South Africa and Australia was going on. The Australian team was craving for wickets. Then suddenly as soon as a camera went to Australian fielder Cameron Bancroft, everyone saw that this young player was rubbing something from his pants on the ball. When the field umpire saw this scene, Bancroft was immediately called and it was found that Bancroft was rubbing sandpaper on the ball to taper it. Rubbing the ball would give him reverse swing and wicket to Australia. After this, it spread in the entire media in no time.
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Cricket Australia took strict steps
In a few minutes, this incident came in the discussion in the cricket media of the whole world. The Australian team got sloppy. Cricket Australia could not tolerate this at all. Steve Smith was the captain of the team at that time and after the end of that day’s game, he and Bancroft came together in front of the media in the press conference, where they talked about it. Investigation revealed that this plan was made by David Warner and Steve Smith was aware of it. Bancroft was asked to do this work. The Australian board immediately called all three players back to the country and team captain Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for 1-1 years. At the same time, Bancoft was banned for nine months. Also, Smith’s captaincy was banned for two years and Warner was banned for life.
Smith-Warner shed tears
All these three players were asked to come in front of the media and accept their crimes. All three Smith, Warner and Bancroft accepted their crime by coming to the press conference. Smith and Warner could not hold back their tears when they appeared in front of the media. No one had expected that Cricket Australia would take such a drastic step and drop only its key players from the team. While the players embarrassed the team, their cricket board made it clear that they will not tolerate such dishonesty at all. Also, after that series, coach Daren Lehmann also resigned.
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