Steve Smith has been banned for 12 months for a ball tampering plot

Australia captain Steve Smith has been banned from playing for his country for 12 months for his role in a ball-tampering plot in the Test series in South Africa.

Smith is leaving the tour of South Africa in disgrace after being part of a plot to cheat in the third test. Smith and two other players, vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft, planned to cheat by illegally changing the condition of the ball with a piece of yellow adhesive tape and some dirt.

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Smith’s ban will include all top-level cricket in Australia for the next year. David Warner, too, has been banned for 12 months, while Cameron Bancroft has been handed a nine-month ban.

Tim Paine will take over as captain of Australia for the final test in South Africa.

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