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Smith, deputy step down, ICC punishes them over ball tampering issue

Australia captain Steven Smith stepped down as the skipper for the rest of the ongoing third Test against South Africa. The International Cricket Council (ICC), meanwhile, penalised Smith in the wake of the ball-tampering controversy.

Smith’s deputy David Warner also was forced to step down as vice-captain.

Australian wicketkeeper Tim Paine took over as incharge captain at Newlands.

The ICC decision comes on the back of the ongoing ball-tampering controversy, with Australia’s Cameron Bancroft caught on cameras using what is believed to be a tape before attempting to hide the object down the front of his pants, moments before the umpires seemingly inquired about the contents of his pockets on the third day of the Cape Town Test on Saturday.

Television footage later showed Bancroft rubbing the ball and then seemingly putting an object back in his pocket.

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