Smith, Warner stand down from captaincy

MNA Sports Desk: Steve Smith and David Warner have stood down as captain and vice-captain for the remainder of the third Test in Cape Town.

They will play on for the rest of the Test, with Tim Paine the acting captain.

The move follows the ball-tampering scandal on day three, where Smith instructed Cameron Bancroft to tamper with the ball during South Africa’s second innings.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said: “Following discussions with Steve Smith and David Warner they have agreed to stand down as Captain and Vice-Captain respectively for the remainder of this Test match.

Smith’s departure from the Test captaincy comes in the wake of revelations the Australians admitted to ball tampering on day three.

Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was captured using yellow tape to alter the condition of the ball in the afternoon session on Saturday before hiding the foreign object in his pants once the umpires got wind of the wrongdoing.


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