JOHANNESBURG- Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland has arrived in South Africa on Tuesday, as he is expected to do a dramatic shake-up of the test team in the wake of the weekend’s ball-tampering scandal and announce punishment for the protagonists.
Australian cricket has been put under turmoil after Captain Steve Smith announced he was aware of that senior players conspired with opening batsman Cameron Bancroft to tamper with the ball during the third test against South Africa in Cape Town.
Sutherland has asked both Captain Smith and and vice Captain David Warner to step down and his arrival in South Africa is expected to hand down harsh punishment on the team’s senior players after he was given the report into the scandal.
The team performance head Pat Howard and integrity chief Iain Roy meet on Monday in Cape Town to interview the players and Sutherland is expected to be debriefed of this meeting.
Cricket Australia (CA) will announce the punishments on Tuesday at a news conference in Johannesburg, where the team will arrive earlier in the day to prepare for the fourth test.
The announcement is expected to reveal harsher and additional sanction for captain Smith, who has been suspended for the fourth test by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and is expected to head home to Australia in the next few days.
Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull has said the incident has been an embarrassment for the nation, he said it was a, “shocking affront to Australia” and a “terrible disgrace”.
He added his voice against the action of “sledging”opponents, “I think there has to be the strongest action taken against this practice of sledging,”
“It has got right out of control, it should have no place in the game, I want to be very clear about this. The game of cricket should be one that once again is held up as a role model,”
“I think that some of the sledging, as some of the shocking conduct that we have seen, is also part of the process of review and reflection that is going to be undertaken.”
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