Australia have been dealt a seismic blow with an injured right foot ruling Tayla Vlaeminck out of the Ashes and a second straight World Cup.
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke says the Test team won’t recover until everything about the ball-tampering scandal is revealed.
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland says an investigation has found only now stood-down captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft had prior knowledge of the plan.
Sutherland said no other players or support staff, including coach Darren Lehmann, were involved and Lehmann would remain.
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But many, including former high-profile players, are finding that only three people knew hard to believe.
“To(o) many reputations on the line for the full story not to come out. Cape Town change room is a very small place!,” Clarke tweeted shortly after Sutherland’s Johannesburg press conference.
“The truth, The full story, Accountability and Leadership- until the public get this Australian cricket is in deep s***!
Smith initially said the “leadership team” knew of the plan for Bancroft to tamper with the ball during play last Saturday.
“Cam Bancroft must be captaincy material … In the Leadership group in only his 7th Test … !!!” former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted.
“Me thinks the Hole has just got a little deeper & bigger for Cricket Australia.”
Another former England captain, Kevin Pietersen, tweeted “Lehmann never knew” accompanied by 100 laughing emojis.
Smith, Warner and Bancroft are being sent home in disgrace to face further sanctions after being reported for breaching conduct rules.
Tim Paine has been named captain and will lead the team in the fourth Test starting in Johannesburg on Friday.