'Chief plotter' Warner will not captain Australia in future: CA

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland at today's press conference in Johannesburg

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland at today's press conference in Johannesburg

Speaking for the first time since the Newlands ball-tampering fiasco that has seen Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft all banned for up to 12 months and barred from captaincy - for life in Warner's case - Lehmann began with a prepared apology to the cricketing public. Cameron Bancroft, Australia's opening batsman, was suspended for nine.

Three replacement players have flown out from Australia to take their places for the final test in South Africa starting on Friday.

Bancroft was captured on camera using yellow tape in an attempt to alter the condition of the ball before hiding the tape in his pants.

It also found Smith and Bancroft guilty of making "misleading public comments" when they claimed it was grit-covered yellow tape, not sandpaper.

The CA statement said Smith and Bancroft would not be considered for team leadership positions until a minimum of 12 months after the end of their suspensions, but Warner will be barred from such positions in the future.

All three players will, however, be permitted to play club cricket "to maintain links with the cricket community".

The trio will be allowed to compete in club cricket, but can not take part in state or global games for the duration of their bans.

A humbled Darren Lehmann has bluntly admitted his "headbutt the line" philosophy for Australia will no longer be tolerated by the game at large, and pointed to the example of New Zealand's cultural regeneration as the way forward for his team.

South Africa opener Hashim Amla took no delight in the enforced omission of Australia's shamed trio.

Benji, a right-arm wrist spinner from Sydney's inner west who plays - he estimates - about 40 matches each year, didn't think the Australians needed to cheat to win.

"These are significant penalties for professional players and the board does not impose them lightly".

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"The players have made a grave mistake but they are not bad people".

"I feel sorry for the fact they will have to live with this for the rest of their lives especially given the status they hold in cricket".

CA will soon conduct an independent review into the team's culture and conduct.

"But it's hard to because they've done such a thing that has put a label on the whole of Australia, that we are cheaters", he said.

"With all the distractions, there is not much we can do from our perspective", he said.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan agreed. "But I don't think a one year ban is the answer". "He was the no1 batsman in Test cricket".

The Australians lost to the South Africans by 322 points, too.

"I understand and share the anger and disappointment of Australian fans", Sutherland said. CA's sanction paved the way for BCCI to ban the duo.

Smith and Warner had already stood down as captains of their IPL franchises - Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad - on Monday and Wednesday morning, but their non-participation in this season was only confirmed after they were banned by CA.

Warner is also suffering a sponsor backlash.

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