Ball-tampering row: Australia captain Steve Smith banned for one Test and fined


Smith (right) will miss the fourth Test against South Africa while the ICC says it hopes Bancroft has learned from his mistake

Australia captain Steve Smith has been banned for one match and fined his entire match fee by the ICC for his part in a ball-tampering incident in the third Test against South Africa.

Smith said that the team’s “leadership group” had a plan, carried out by batsman Cameron Bancroft, to tamper with the ball to “get an advantage”.

Smith will now miss the fourth and final Test of the series.

Bancroft was fined 75% of his match fee and given three demerit points.

Smith admitted a charge of conduct “of a serious nature that is contrary to the spirit of the game”, said a statement