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Smith, Warner step down from captaincy

Australia captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner have stood down from their respective roles for the remainder of the third Test and wicket-keeper batsman Tim Paine will lead the side.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said: Following discussions with Steve Smith and David Warner they have agreed to stand down as Captain and Vice-Captain respectively for the remainder of this Test match. This Test match needs to proceed, and in the interim we will continue to investigate this matter with the urgency that it demands.”

CA chairman David Peever confirmed the board chose Paine, 33, as interim captain: “The Board of Cricket Australia has endorsed Tim Paine to step in as Acting Captain for the remainder of this Test. Both Steve and David will take to the field today under Tim’s captaincy.”

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He added: “The Board fully supports the process for an immediate investigation into what occurred in Cape Town. We regard this as a matter of the utmost seriousness and urgency. We will ensure we have all information available to make the right decisions for Australian Cricket.”

Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was captured using yellow tape to alter the condition of the ball in the afternoon session on Saturday before hiding the foreign object in his pants once the umpires got wind of the wrongdoing. A video footage revealed it all and after the end of day’s play, Bancroft and Smith both confessed in the press conference that it was ball-tampering.

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