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Home-bound Steve Smith 'distraught'

2018-03-28 19:27
Steve Smith (Getty)

Cape Town - Australian cricket captain Steve Smith is reportedly "distraught" after being told that he will be sent home from South Africa.

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Smith has been sent back to Australia along with Cameron Bancroft and David Warner following Cricket Australia's internal investigation into the ball-tampering debacle that has knocked the stuffing out of world cricket.

All three are involved in the plan that unfolded at Newlands in the third Test against South Africa that ended with Bancroft being caught trying to change the condition of the ball. 

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland rushed over to South Africa after the news broke as the organisation conducted its own investigation.

On Tuesday, Sutherland addressed media in Johannesburg and confirmed that all three players would receive "significant sanctions".

"I've seen Steve and he is distraught ... very upset," Sutherland said.

While Australian cricket fans are generally furious with Smith and Warner, in particular, Sutherland acknowledged that that Smith had done the right thing by stepping forward and admitting his fault.

"There are elements of courage and leadership that have been shown in this," he said.

"And there are other decisions that have been made that have led us to where we are."

On Wednesday, Cricket Australia announced that Smith and Warner were banned for 12 months and Bancroft for nine months.

All three players will have the right to challenge their verdicts and also the duration of their penalties via a CA code of behaviour hearing with an independent commissioner.

In addition, both Smith and Warner have been barred from captaining Australia for a period of two years.

They were also banned from participating in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL).

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