Smith, Bancroft accept ball tampering bans

Ricky Ponting said Australian cricket was moving in the right direction with the fallen trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft accepting sanctions imposed by Cricket Australia and the uproar surrounding the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa finally dying down.

Meanwhile, governing body Cricket Australia has banned Smith from worldwide cricket for a year, with Smith stepping down as Australian team captain, as well as from the Indian Premier League team on which he plays, the Rajasthan Royals.

Dyer said CA should also take into consideration the decision to let Smith and Bancroft front the media at the end of the day's play at Newlands after the latter was caught by television cameras stuffing the sandpaper down the front of his pants. I won't be challenging the sanctions.

In a recent tweet, Warner fully accepted all the sanctions imposed on him by CA and apologized to his fans and followers.

It hasn't been an easy few weeks for Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft, following on from the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked Australian cricket.

And Bancroft tweeted: "Today I lodged the paperwork with Cricket Australia and will be accepting the sanction handed down". Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said test cricket held a special place in Australian society for its tradition of fair play, and those who represented the country needed to remember they were entrusted to uphold it.

Klinger sent a simple WhatsApp message to the Australian opener: "thinking of you, mate".

"It would appear that 12-month bans were severe, if you think back on what the ICC sanction was (one match for Steve Smith and nothing for the other two)", he said before Daredevils CEO Hemant Dua interrupted, restricting any further questions on the issue.

"When I was back home a week and a half ago - if you think it was big news over here, it was astronomical how big an issue it was in Australia, and rightly so", he continued.

The Australian Cricketers' Association had said CA should reconsider the "disproportionate" bans.

Warner, who was identified as the ring leader of the plot to doctor the ball during the third Test in Cape Town - will now sit out cricket in Australia until March 2019.

According to several reports, the banned trio could be headed to England to play in the club circuit. "But the pleasing thing for me is that for the guys, the whole issue is now starting to come to an end", said Ponting.

"These proposed penalties are disproportionate relative to precedent", he told a press conference.

Dyer expressed his disappointment at how the players were advised in the aftermath of the ball-tampering incident too.

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