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David Warner in tears at a press conference at the SCG yesterday. Picture: AFP/Getty.

Australia’s David Warner apologises but offers no explanations

By clive wellington

Former Australian cricket captain Steve Smith at a press conference at Sydney airport. Picture: Steve Christo/AP

Comment: Cricket scandal is latest example of poor player behaviour

The German word “schadenfreude” means taking pleasure in another’s misfortune; more than pleasure indeed, joy. It’s a nasty state of mind , but one to which many of us succumb.This is understandable, if sad. So the exposure of the Australian cricketers’ ball-tampering saw an outbreak of schadenfreude, all the more so because this Australian team has seemed arrogant and unlikeable. I plead guilty myself. Now, having had time to reflect, and having watched as much of the former captain Steve Smith’s Press conference ordeal as I could bear, I feel sorrow and sympathy.

South Africa fans dressed as carpenters taunt the Australian team with a banner about the ball-tampering scandal. Picture: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

Australians start long road to redemption in final Test

There were handshakes between players and occasional taunts from the crowd, as a scandal-tainted Australia
cricket team took their first steps toward redemption in the final Test in South Africa yesterday.

Former Australia captain Steve Smith at a his press conference at Sydney airport. Picture: Peter Parks/Getty Images

Steve Smith ‘deeply sorry’ for ball-tampering scandal as Darren Lehmann quits

The fallout from the 
Australia ball-tampering scandal reduced the country’s two most high-profile cricket figures to tears yesterday, with former captain Steve Smith apologising to the nation and his family before coach 
Darren Lehmann announced his intention to quit.

Australia head coach Darren Lehmann will step down after the fourth Test. Picture: PA

Australia coach Darren Lehmann to quit over ball-tampering scandal

Darren Lehmann will leave his post as Australia’s head coach after the fourth Test against South Africa, which begins on Friday.

Former Australia captain Steve Smith is escorted by police at Johannesburg airport. Picture: Themba Hadebe/AP

12-month bans for ball-tampering ringleader David Warner and captain Steve Smith

Captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for 12 months yesterday after an investigation into the Australian cricket team’s cheating scandal identified Warner as the instigator of the ball tampering plan that unraveled in South Africa.

David Warner and Steven Smith. Picture: AFP/Getty

Australian ball-tampering scandal: Steve Smith and David Warner banned

Steve Smith and David Warner have been banned for 12 months over the Australia ball-tampering scandal.

A grim-faced James Sutherland, chief executive of Cricket Australia, faces the press in Johannesburg.

Aussies’ ball-tampering trio face ‘significant sanctions’

Australia captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft will be sent home from South Africa and face “significant sanctions” for their role in the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked cricket Down Under.

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Australia captain Steve Smith during the third Test at Newlands. Picture: EJ Langer/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Smith loses captaincy of IPL side Rajasthan as cheating row deepens

Australia captain Steve Smith has stood down as skipper of the Rajasthan Royals as the furore surrounding cricket’s latest ball-tampering row deepens.

England captain Joe Root answers questions at a press conference following his team's defeat by New Zealand. Picture: Ross Setford/PA

Joe Root promises ‘soul-searching’ as England bid to level series

Joe Root insists England proved their mettle even in defeat against New Zealand but face more “soul-searching” as they try to hit back from 1-0 down in the second and final Test.

Cameron Bancroft who carried out the ball-tampering, walks out to open the batting for Australia on day four of the third Test against South Africa. Picture: Getty.

Kevin Garside: Schemer Smith has to pay price of Aussie shame

The neo Don Bradman no more. It might not be the end of his career, but his reputation has gone and the Australian captaincy should follow. That Steve Smith judged structural cheating from top to bottom not to be a matter for resignation tells us how far from the moral tree he and his leadership cohorts have fallen.

A South African supporter holds a placard reading 'Sandpaper's 4 woodwork + not 2 Croft balls' as the Australians leave the filed. Picture: AFP/Getty.

Australia in turmoil as ICC bans Steve Smith for fourth Test

Australia endured one of the most ignominious days in their cricketing history in Cape Town yesterday.

Captain Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft, left, of Australia have admitted foul play. Photo: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Australians admit to ball tampering

Australia cricketers confessed to ball tampering in a desperate plot hatched by captain Steve Smith and senior players as they saw the third Test against South Africa slipping away yesterday.

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Scotland's talented squad were unlucky to lose to the West Indies at the Cricket World Cup qualifier. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP

Roddy Smith: Smaller cricket World Cup puts cash ahead of growing the game

Scotland can look back on the last three weeks with a huge amount of pride in the performance of our national cricket side. Although cruelly robbed of a place at next year’s World Cup by a combination of a freak thunderstorm and a couple of terrible umpiring decisions, we have a team that has shown it can compete with and beat any established cricketing nation.

New Zealand's Trent Boult signals his 5th wicket after dismissing England's Chris Woakes, as Moeen Ali looks on. Picture: AP

England stumble to sixth-lowest total of 58 as Black Caps run riot

Hapless England collapsed to 58 all out against New Zealand as only a defiant last-wicket stand helped them scramble past the lowest total in their 141-year Test history.

West Indies players celebrate the wicket of Scotland batsman Mathew Cross. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP

Scotland’s Kyle Coetzer takes swipe at ICC after World Cup heartbreak

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer appeared to take a swipe at the International Cricket Council after his side missed out on World Cup qualification by the narrowest of margins.

Scotland celebrate the wicket of West Indies batsman Chris Gayle at Harare Sports Club. Picture: AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Heartbreak for Cricket Scotland as rain dashes 2019 World Cup hopes

Scotland have failed to qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup after losing by five runs on the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern (DLS) method to the West Indies in Harare.

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Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer in action. Picture:  Hannah Peters/Getty Images

‘Nothing to fear’ as Scots face Windies for World Cup place

Scotland’s cricketers today face their most important match in years when they line-up against star-studded West Indies in Harare with a place 
at next year’s World Cup at stake.

Safyaan Sharif hits out during Scotland's defeat by Ireland. The Scots must now beat West Indies to reach the World Cup. Picture: ICC

Scotland believe win against West Indies is mission possible

Grant Bradburn, the Scotland coach, remains quietly optimistic that his team can rise to their biggest challenge yet to realise their dream of 
playing at next year’s World Cup.

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