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SA vs AUS 2018: Internet Goes Wild as Steven Smith, David Warner & Bancroft Set to Fly Back Home 

SA vs AUS 2018: Internet Goes Wild as Steven Smith, David Warner & Bancroft Set to Fly Back Home
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 24: Steven Smith (capt) and Cameron Bancroft (L) of Australia during day 3 of the 3rd Sunfoil Test match between South Africa and Australia at PPC Newlands on March 24, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft admits to attempting to change the condition of the ball by using a foreign object. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Australia skipper Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will be sent home as per the recent developments.

Therefore they won’t participate in the fourth and final Test match against South Africa.

Bancroft was caught on camera while attempting to change the condition of the ball with a foreign object during the third day of the Newlands Test.

Adam Voges, Australia, Cameron Bancroft, Steven Smith, Cape Town, South Africa
Steven Smith admitted that it was the plan of the team to tamper the ball. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The visitors lost the third Test match by 322 runs. Later on, Smith said they were desperate to gain an advantage against an impressive Proteas unit in Cape Town.

Cricket Australia Chief Executive, James Sutherland defended the coach. He said coach Darren Lehmann wasn’t involved in the planning of ball-tampering and that the former all-rounder will continue as the head coach of the side.

Atul Wassan, Steven Smith, David Warner, IPL 2018, Rajasthan Royals
Reports have suggested that David Warner will be withdrawn from the fourth Test match. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Sanctions to be announced on Wednesday

The sanctions on the players will be announced on Wednesday. Sutherland hinted it would be significant as the incident has brought shame to the cricket loving nation.

The incident also meant Smith wouldn’t be leading the Rajasthan Royals unit in this year’s IPL.

SA vs AUS 2018: Internet Goes Wild as Steven Smith, David Warner & Bancroft Set to Fly Back Home 1

India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will wear the captain’s armband.

“Steve believes given the current circumstances it’s in the best interest of the Rajasthan Royals that he steps down as Captain. The team can get ready for the start of the IPL without the ongoing distractions.’ He would like to extend his gratitude to the BCCI officials and all the fans in India for their constant support,” Rajasthan Royals’ head of cricket Zubin Bharucha said.

Tim Paine was the interim captain on day four of the third Test match. He will continue to lead the side in the absence of Smith and Warner.

Glenn Maxwell, Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw will join the squad ahead of the final Test. The micro-blogging site has gone bonkers since the incident took place.

Many former greats and fans expressed their disappointment. Memes and funny clips have been doing the rounds. The visitors are trailing the series by a 1-2 margin.

Let’s take a look at how the internet reacted to the infamous exit of Smith, Warner and Bancroft:

Here is the newsfeed:

Tim Paine Appointed Captain, Maxwell, Joe Burns Earn Test Recall

Darren Lehmann To Continue As Australia’s Head Coach After Getting Clean Chit

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