Steve Smith, David Warner banned from playing for Australia for 1 year

Australian cricket player Steve Smith escorted by police officers to a departure area at OR Tambo International airport in Johannesburg South Africa Wednesday

Cameron Bancroft, who was caught on camera scuffing up the ball with improvised sandpaper, was banned for nine months following the scandal, which has outraged the fans, jolted the sponsors and prompted CA to send the trio home from South Africa.

Sutherland insisted that initial findings showed that Smith, Warner and Bancroft were the only members of the Australian team who had "prior knowledge" of the tampering plot.

Cricket Australia have yet to confirm whether the sanctions are true.

The scandal will also hit the players hard in the pocket, with Smith and Warner losing their contracts in the IPL, Smith with the Rajasthan Royals and Warner for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Warner and Bancroft were also expected to receive lengthy bans and have also been expelled from the team.

With Smith, Warner and Bancroft on the way home, their places in the Australia squad will be taken by Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns and Glenn Maxwell.

Warner, however, will never captain Australia again.

The fallout extended beyond Australia.

"I worry about the three guys immensely".

"These are significant penalties for professional players and the (Cricket Australia) board does not impose them lightly", CA chairman David Peever said. We love all our players, and they're really going through a tough time. "It's important to start the process of restoring the faith in the Australian cricket team".

That led some to argue that CA had gone too far in their punishments for an offense that has happened multiple times before in cricket. So we've got to make sure we're respecting the game, it's traditions, and understanding [how] the game holds itself around the world. "One of the things that we decided we had to change was the public perception of us as people, not just on the cricket field but off it as well". "They have to be harsh, but if they are rubbed out for a year, the punishment does not fit the crime", Warne wrote in his column for The Herald Sun.

Australia are next due to travel to England for five ODIs and a single T20 game in June.

Now, he's an outcast in his sport, only allowed to play club cricket for the next year. Smith and newly appointed skipper Tim Paine embraced in the hotel and moments later Smith left, dragging a suitcase behind him.

Darren Lehmann knows Australia must change their ways following the ball-tampering scandal and suggests taking a leaf out of New Zealand's book after admitting they have "butted heads on the line".

"To hear that the Australian cricket team had been involved in pre-mediated cheating is something that is embarrassing".

". development of a plan to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball. instruction to a junior player to carry out a plan to take steps to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball using sandpaper".

Smith, who had led the national side since 2015, confessed to reporters in Cape Town on Saturday that the ball-tampering had been orchestrated by himself and senior players.

Lehmann also clarified comments made earlier in the series where he stated that "techniques" were used by both sides to rough up the ball and hasten reverse swing that may or may not be approved of by the ICC.

"The players involved have been handed down very serious sanctions and they know they must face the consequences".

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