Aussies 2018 tour of South Africa Spoilers

I thought Dave would be used to the Candy cubicle quips by now

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Warner has lost the plot outside the dressing rooms with De Kock , had to be literally dragged away

For good reason if you can believe the reports. I’d imagine the slur against Warner’s wife involved the SBW incident from a few years ago. If true, de Kock was absolutely in the wrong and deserved a gobful from Warner which was what he got. There was no physicality at all. I think his send off of de Villiers was a worse look for Warner by far. I don’t care too much what is said between the players but you shouldn’t bring family into it. I think one of the Indian players did the same with McGrath a few years ago.

McGrath was with Windies from memory , Chanderpaul or Sarwan from memory

You’re right, I stand corrected. I googled it and it was Sarwan. Cou;dn’t imagine poor old Shiv Chanderpaul getting into the heavy end of sledging. Good bat but a pretty quiet guy I think.

Shiv stabbed a bloke he caught breaking into his house. Very respectful on the field but don’t cross him off it!

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Warner’s a dead set flog .

Never a truer word spoken. Warner the sobby sook loves to run his mouth off when it suits but can’t handle the return serve.
It’s a real shame they can’t be mates though, Candy has always liked De Kock by all reports.

That’s gold!

Fade To Black, Thats a Classic, Havent stopped laughing all morning.

Patty Cummins leading the fightback , Saffas lose 3/8 to be 5/236

South Africa 8/266 at the end of day one . Cummins bowled beautifully. Still they have some very good bowlers and we could crumble. It building up to be another classic

New Smith is said to be pretty livid with the way it’s played out. The obvious public pressure applied by the Saffers and the fact that he’s been so clearly thrown under the bus to get Rabada off.
Hopefully it provides the spark and determination he needs to come to the fore. He will likely be the difference and so far in the series hasn’t been able to reproduce the form he demonstrated during the home summer. Some of his dismissals to Elgar and Maharaj have been pretty limp.

4 years ago we went to Newlands 1:1 after a flogging in PE and it was the captain who stood up to the barrage from Morkel and cracked shoulder and all played arguably the finest innings of his career…

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South Africa 8/266 at the end of day one . Cummins bowled beautifully. Still they have some very good bowlers and we could crumble. It building up to be another classic

New Smith is said to be pretty livid with the way it’s played out. The obvious public pressure applied by the Saffers and the fact that he’s been so clearly thrown under the bus to get Rabada off.
Hopefully it provides the spark and determination he needs to come to the fore. He will likely be the difference and so far in the series hasn’t been able to reproduce the form he demonstrated during the home summer. Some of his dismissals to Elgar and Maharaj have been pretty limp.

4 years ago we went to Newlands 1:1 after a flogging in PE and it was the captain who stood up to the barrage from Morkel and cracked shoulder and all played arguably the finest innings of his career…

Pitch is pretty flat really , Cummins just bent his back and put the ball in the right spots

De Villiers shot was pretty soft , he was set and looking good

Dark day for Australian cricket.

Looks like Bancroft was using sandpaper on the ball and the Aussie leadership group were in on it… :bash

https://twitter.com/CricketAus/status/977593112624291840

Bloody hell.
Disgraceful and shameful… Thought we were better than that.
Cricket can go to hell for all I care

Very poor the people involved should never play for Australia again and if any coaching staff are involved they should be banned as well

Looked into past ball tampering Incidents and was surprised it is punished so lightly with the player usually losing their Match fee.

I couldn’t find another Captain admitting he knew about it so it will be interesting what punishment they receive.

Very embarrassing

Heads must roll…

Did we win…?

This is such a shame and puts a shadow over this whole team. Bancroft is gone for the next test but shouldn’t waltz back into the side. Smith has to go as well. I don’t care if we end up running out a 2nd rate team anyone involved has to go. This is not a spur of the moment action but considered and deliberate cheating. I love test cricket but this is disgraceful by Australia.

https://www.cricket.com.au/news/steve-smith-ball-tampering-umpires-tape-pockets-australia-cape-town-video-captaincy-future-bancroft/2018-03-25
Australia own up to ball tampering
Australia captain Steve Smith and batsman Cameron Bancroft have admitted to ball tampering on day three of the third Test in Cape Town.

Bancroft has been charged by match referee Andy Pycroft with a Level 2 offence of attempting to alter the condition of the ball. It is understood the Western Australian has accepted the sanction, with the penalty still unknown.

Possible sanctions include a fine of his match fee anywhere between 50 and 100 per cent, with either three or four demerit points added to his record. Four demerit points would trigger an automatic one-Test ban.
In the second session on Saturday, Bancroft was captured by television cameras with a yellow object in his hand. He admitted after play that it was a piece of tape with chunks of the pitch on the sticky side, used to rough up the ball in an effort to generate reverse swing.

Having been alerted that the umpires were aware of his actions, Bancroft “panicked” and put the tape down the front of his pants before the standing officials inspected the contents of his pockets.

Smith said the leadership group devised the plan at the lunch interval without the knowledge of the coaching staff.

Smith said he will not step down as captain.

“Obviously, today was a big mistake on my behalf and on the leadership group’s behalf as well,” Smith told reporters late after play on Saturday.

"But I take responsibility as the captain, I need to take control of the ship, but this is certainly something I’m not proud of and something that I can hope learn from and come back strong from.

"I am embarrassed to be sitting here talking about this.

"We’re in the middle of such a great series and for something like this to overshadow the great cricket that’s been played and not have a single cricket question in here, that’s not what I’m about and not what the team’s about.

“We’ll move past this. It’s a big error in judgement but we’ll learn from it and move past it.”

A visibly distraught Bancroft explained his actions, revealing he had been charged, that he was not pressured into doing it, and that he accepts the consequences and live with the fallout.

“I’ve just had discussions with the match officials and I have been charged with attempting to change the condition of the ball,” Bancroft said.

"We had a discussion during the break and I saw an opportunity to use some tape, get some granules from rough patches on the wicket to change the ball condition. It didn’t work, the umpires didn’t change the ball.

"Once being sighted on the screen I panicked quite a lot and that resulted in me shoving it down my trousers.

"We have this yellow tape in our kit and it is connected to some padding but the sticky stuff is very sticky and I felt like it could be used to collect some stuff from the side of the pitch and I have been charged with ball tampering.

Bancroft continued: "I’ll be honest with you, I was obviously nervous about it because with hundreds of cameras around that’s always the risk, isn’t it?

"I sit before you today and I’m not proud of what’s happened today.

"I’m not proud of what’s happened and I have to live with the consequences and the damage to my own reputation that comes with (it).

“I’ll do my best to move forward and play cricket.”

When asked whether this was the first time his team had attempted to change the condition of the ball, Smith unequivocally said that it was.

“I can promise you this is the first time it’s happened and I think I’ve made it clear, we’re regrettable and we’ll move on from this,” Smith said, with the four-match series tied at one-all and South Africa in firm control of the third Test.

"Hopefully we’ll learn something from it. I’m embarrassed, I know the boys in the shed are embarrassed as well, and I feel for Cam as well.

"It’s not what we want to see in the game, it’s not what the Australian cricket team’s about, and being the leader of the team I’m incredibly sorry for trying to bring the game into disrepute the way we did today

"We saw this game as such an important game, not that other games aren’t important as well, but an opportunity.

"We’ve seen the ball reversing quite a lot throughout this series and our ball just didn’t look like it was going to go.

“That’s a mistake on our behalf again. It’s such poor actions and deeply regrettable and certainly won’t happen again under my leadership I can promise you.”

Smith said even if the tactic had worked and his side had got away with it, he regretted the decision to operate outside the laws and the spirit of the game.

“I think deep down I would (regret it),” Smith said.

"It’s not what we’re about, it’s a poor reflection on everyone in that dressing room, particularly the leaders of the group.

“So absolutely, if we weren’t caught I’d still feel incredibly bad about it.”

Bancroft is now in danger of being suspended for the fourth and final Test in Johannesburg.

Should the 24-year-old be hit with the maximum Level 2 penalty, he will be fined 100 per cent of his match fee and handed four demerit points, which would equate to a one-Test ban.

Proteas captain Faf du Plessis was fined his entire match fee and handed three demerit points for changing the condition of a ball with a mint in the Hobart Test in November 2016.

Sounds like the Aussie cricket team is having a ball of a time over there

RIP Australian cricket

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