RESIGNATIONS have been handed in from the two leaders of the Australian Test Cricket Team – Steve Smith (captain) and David Warner (vice captain) – for the balance of the current Test Match being played in South Africa.
The move came after the two had admitted that they knew about a plan for batsman Cameron Bancroft to tamper with the ball during the current match against South Africa – the third in the series. Wicket keeper Tim Paine will take over as captain for the rest of the Test.
Bancroft was caught on video roughing up the ball with a small, sharp object kept in his pocket during the third day of the match. The scandal has shocked cricket fans around the world, including Australia.
The Australian cricket authorities are investigating the incident with, they say, a sense of urgency. They have indicated that they will not take any permanent action until investigations are concluded.
Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s Prime Minister, said that the country was “shocked and bitterly disappointed” at the news.