Australia named new captain after Smith & Warner stepped down

Australia captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner have stepped down for the rest of the third Test against South Africa a day after admitting to ball tampering.

Smith said on Saturday that the team’s “leadership group” had spoken about a plan to tamper with the ball, carried out by batsman Cameron Bancroft.

Watch: Cameron Bancroft, caught doing Ball-Tampering

“This Test match needs to proceed, and in the interim we will continue to investigate this matter with the urgency that it demands,” said Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland.

Tim Paine will take over the captaincy for the rest of the match, which is in its fourth day with the series tied at 1-1.

Tim Paine appointed as new captain of Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Earlier Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has also called the incident a ‘shocking disappointment’

In the wake of the recent ball tampering incident, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for the removal of cricket captain Steve Smith.

Also Read: Steyn & Pietersen revealed the masterminds behind the ball tempering act

“It seems beyond belief the Australian cricket team have been involved in cheating. Our cricketers are role models and cricket is synonymous with fair play. How can our team be engaged in cheating like this? It beggars belief”, said the prime minister according to the BBC.

During the play on Saturday Australia opener Cameron Brancroft was caught altering the condition of the ball with a yellow object, facing a possible ban after he was caught on camera.

He later said, “I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I want to be here (in the press conference) because I want to be accountable for my actions.”

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