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According to Alvin Naicker, the head of production at host broadcaster SuperSport and the man in the director's chair who broke one of cricket's greatest scandals, Bancroft may have got away with his now infamous attempt to alter the condition of the ball in the third Test against South Africa had he not panicked and stuffed the evidence down his pants.

David Warner also stood down from his role as vice-captain, while questions remain over coach Darren Lehmann although Smith said the former Australian global was not involved in the conspiracy.

Tim Paine acted as captain with Smith and Warner absent and at the post-match presentation apologised, adding that Smith and Bancroft were "struggling".

The incident that led to the charges being laid, took place during South Africa's innings yesterday afternoon when Bancroft was seen on television holding a foreign object while rubbing the ball, before hiding the object in his pocket, then inside his pants.

"As captain, Steve Smith must take full responsibility for the actions of his players and it is appropriate that he be suspended", he said.

Smith admitted cheating after Bancroft had been charged by the match official.

Cricket Australia is hoping to share the results of its investigation into the ball-tampering scandal within a couple of days as it looks to take control of a story that has plunged the country into turmoil. To their credit, Smith and Bancroft were quick to own up and apologise in their press conference, but the enormous damage is done.

Cricket Australia said they were waiting for a clearer picture before taking major action against the two cricketers although there is a call to punish them for violating the rules of the game.

"We will continue to investigate this matter with the urgency that it demands", he said.

"And from there on he said he wanted to see me wearing that in every Test match".

On Sunday, the ICC slapped Smith with a one-match suspension and fined his entire match fee.

He scored over 1,000 runs for Denby in his time there before returning home and impressing enough to make the Test team for last November's Ashes series. The 25-year-old Bancroft got a 75 per cent fine and three demerit points for ball-tampering incident.

Tweets on the ball tampering controversy flooded Twitter over the weekend, and we collected the best ones for you.

"Our zero tolerance policy applies to everyone in our team. Please bear with us", the Royals said in a statement.

It could not have come at a worse time for the governing body as CA are at the climax of talks about a five-year broadcast rights deal with Australian television networks.

"We are sorry. We are sorry that you had to wake up this morning to news from South Africa that our Australian Men's Cricket team and our Captain admitted to conduct that is outside both the Laws of our game and the Spirit of Cricket". The idea that Australia's players were somehow above the shadowy antics of other teams is now in tatters, and opposing teams will relish Australia's loss of the moral high ground.

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