Cape Town - It's been a surreal 24 hours for former Australia skipper Steve Smith following the ball-tampering bombshell.
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Cricket Australia's CEO James Sutherland on Tuesday sent Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft home during the on-going Test series against South Africa after being found guilty of ball-tampering during the third Test at Newlands.
It was then confirmed on Wednesday that Smith and Warner had been banned from international and domestic cricket for a year, while Bancroft has copped nine months.
In addition, the pair who were initially retained by their respective Indian Premier League franchises, will not participate in the 2018 edition.
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On his way through OR Tambo International airport, Smith was seen escorted by several policemen and ambushed by the onlookers and some media.
He is reportedly expected to make a press conference once he lands at Sydney International airport on Thursday.Image: AP