Australian cricket is in a dilemma after Steve Smith was banned for the final test and fined. The International Cricket Council handed Steve the punishment, a thing that saved Cricket Australia from making a decision over smith’s availability. The 28-year-old player revealed that the Australian team leadership had planned to tamper with the ball so as to give it an upper hand against South Africa. This was indeed a bombshell revelation that was supported by television pictures that showed Cameron Bancroft changing the ball using a yellow tape and his attempt to hide the evidence in his pants. Cricket Australia is yet to hand Smith their punishment even though ICC has already banned the player for one test.
Following the smith tempering nightmare, Adam Gilchrist publicly questioned Smith’s ability to lead the team. Adam’s sentiments received a backing from Jason Gillespie the former Australian fast Bowler. Adams said that chances of Smith keeping his leadership title were nil. He wrote that it was not possible for anyone to figure out a scenario where Steve would be allowed to continue being the team’s captain.
Shane Warne who was once the team’s captain but whose credentials were tarnished by a bookmaking scandal in the 1990s and other off-field incidents doubted whether it was possible for Smith to continue serving as a captain. Warne reiterated that he does not think Smith will ever get a chance to captain the team again. According to him, Paine will be called upon to serve as an interim captain before the team’s captain is identified. Meanwhile, it should be noted that Smith is not the only international captain to have involved himself in malpractices. Mike Atherton England’s captain and Faf Du Plessis Protease Speaker continued to captain their teams even after they were found to have involved themselves in ball tampering. Graeme Smith former South African captain said that Smith was a great player but it is was clear that he does not have the capacity to lead the Australian team.
Meanwhile, Smith will not be on the team that will play the final match in Australia’s South Africa tour while his assistant David Warner faces a lifetime ban from the cricket authority. It is expected that Cricket Australia may impose heavy sanctions on all those who involved themselves in the ball tampering scandal after TV images showed Cameron Bancroft with a sandpaper used to rough the ball to encourage reversing swings.