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UPDATE: Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft accept ball-tampering sanctions, Warner yet to respond

Former Australian cricket captain Steve Smith will not appeal the sanctions handed down to him by Cricket Australia in the wake of the ball tampering scandal, nor will Cameron Bancroft.

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Reputations ruined in South Africa – and more than the three you think

Australia’s high-quality bowling attack had its worst series in a long time, while new captain Tim Paine and young quick Pat Cummins were the only Aussies to enhance their reputations during the 3-1 series loss in South Africa.

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Australia’s batting is in crisis

When South Africa steamrolled Australia in the fourth Test yesterday, it became the first series since 2009-10 that an Australia batsman has failed to make a century.

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Come back soon, Steve – we already miss you

If the Australians talked about showing grit on the final day in Johannesburg, they were probably still thinking sandpaper.

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The Liebke Ratings: South Africa vs Australia, fourth Test

A bold, new ball-tampering-free era of Australian cricket had dawned. No Steve Smith, no David Warner, no Cameron Bancroft. In the aftermath of the suspensions of those three, coach Darren Lehmann had resigned.

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Players’ president Greg Dyer calls on Cricket Australia to review sanctions

Australian Players Association president Greg Dyer has warned Cricket Australia its heavy sanctions against Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are disproportionate to the seriousness of the charges.

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Aussies collapse, Proteas win series 3-1

Australia’s controversy-plagued tour of South Africa has ended with a chaotic collapse and record-breaking defeat in Johannesburg, where the hosts have triumphed by 492 runs to complete a historic 3-1 Test series win.

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England’s winless streak persists after nailbiting draw with New Zealand

Ish Sodhi and Neil Wagner have thwarted England in Christchurch’s gloom to hand New Zealand a dramatic series-clinching draw.

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Some sledging will be allowed, says ACA president

Cricket needs a little bit of sledging, says Australian Cricketers’ Association president Greg Dyer.

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Consider players’ contrition in ball-tampering bans, says ACA

Cricket Australia (CA) should take into account “extraordinary contrition” shown by Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft over the ball-tampering scandal, the players’ union says.

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South Africa on verge of thumping Australia 3-1

Australia’s new-look batting line-up faltered for a second time in the fourth Test yesterday as South Africa brought themselves to the edge of a 3-1 series victory.

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Take a bow, Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins has proved this summer he’s Australia’s most lethal paceman, but he can’t get his hands on the new ball.

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Bad light interrupts day four of Test

Dark clouds are threatening to ruin the four-Test series finale between Australia and South Africa, with the opening session on day four delayed then interrupted because of bad light.

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Tim plays through the Paine, Sayers struggles on Test debut

What Australia would give for a top six batsman as reliable as Tim Paine, who yesterday defied a fractured thumb to make 62 and continue his remarkable run of consistency with the blade.

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The crucifixion game

Since we have just passed Good Friday I thought I’d provide a quick recap for those of you who haven’t played the crucifixion game for a while.

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Where to now in the ball tampering saga?

We heard the words ‘apologise’ and ‘sorry’ numerous times from David Warner yesterday, but apart from emphasising his contrition, we learnt little more – in fact, if anything, we ended up with the situation being even more muddied.

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Shane Watson

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Cricket ball generic

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Faf du Plessis shines the ball with a mint in his mouth

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Australia's Pat Cummins bowls

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David Warner

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Pat Cummins bowling against South Africa.

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Pat Cummins celebrates

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Australian wicket keeper Tim Paine

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Australian wicket keeper Tim Paine

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Australia, not Steve Smith, owes me an apology

On a steaming hot day a young kid wearing thongs, short stubbies, a terry towelling hat and undersized T-shirt eagerly perches atop his dad’s Esky on the hill of the Gabba.

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Patrick Cummins: the find of the tour

Patrick Cummins was already a highly-touted bowler for Australia following his remarkable debut six years ago but after this most recent tour, his prospects have actually increased.

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IPL 2018 SWOT Analysis: Royal Challengers Bangalore

By Nachiket Shirolkar, 6 Apr 2018
IPL 2018 SWOT Analysis: Royal Challengers Bangalore

The eleventh season of the Indian Premier League will start on the seventh of April. The return of the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals has cricket fans relishing a top-class tournament.

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Five reasons South Africa won the Test series

You could be forgiven for not knowing who actually won the Australia-South Africa Test series, a series that will forever be remembered for the wrong reasons.

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IPL 2018 SWOT analysis: Rajasthan Royals

By Nachiket Shirolkar, 5 Apr 2018
IPL 2018 SWOT analysis: Rajasthan Royals

The eleventh season of Indian Premier League (IPL) will start from the seventh April. The BCCI and cricket fans will be hoping for an even bigger tournament.

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The batting was poor, but heads shouldn’t roll just yet

The Australian cricket team have just capped off a disastrous series, with the 492-run annihilation in Johannesburg their heaviest loss in 90 years.

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Positions vacant: Australia’s Test top six

Australia’s capitulation with the bat in both innings at Johannesburg has raised the spectre of doom over the coming 12 months, especially in the batting make-up for the Test team.

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My new and hypothetical rules for cricket

Without spending too much time restating the obvious, the recent events in South Africa have focused the minds of many on actual and perceived ills and issues with the game of cricket.

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IPL 2018 SWOT analysis: Kings XI Punjab

By Nachiket Shirolkar, 5 Apr 2018
IPL 2018 SWOT analysis: Kings XI Punjab

Coached by Australian Brad Hodge, Kings XI Punjab came into the auction with to revamp their squad.

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It’s just not cricket… Actually, maybe it is

Now that the cricket world has had a chance to take it all in…

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Silver lining for Sandpaper-gate: Our ODI team may improve

There’s a possible silver lining for Steve Smith and David Warner being out of international cricket for 12 months, and Darren Lehmann resigning as coach – it might help our one-day team.

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Is it time to silence the stump mic?

By Henry Cain, 4 Apr 2018
Is it time to silence the stump mic?

The stump microphone was brought into cricket to give the fans greater insight into what happens on the field.

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The Test team needs a complete overhaul

Australia’s batting line-up was extremely weak against the South Africans.

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Can we forgive Steve Smith?

By Jay Ross, 4 Apr 2018
Can we forgive Steve Smith?

It’s worth revisiting the lead-up to the ball-tampering fiasco to assess whether we can forgive Steve Smith.

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IPL 2018 SWOT analysis: Sunrisers Hyderabad

By Nachiket Shirolkar, 4 Apr 2018
IPL 2018 SWOT analysis: Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad came into the IPL auctions after retaining last season’s highest run scorer and wicket taker.

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South Africa vs Australia: International cricket fourth Test – Day 5, live scores, blog, highlights

South Africa require another seven wickets to claim victory in the fourth Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg against Australia. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the final day from 6pm (AEST).

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Steve Smith

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Australian wicket keeper Tim Paine

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Steve Smith

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Steve Smith

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Australia's Pat Cummins bowls

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Tim Paine

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James Sutherland and Alistair Nicholson press conference

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David Warner

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Usman Khawaja

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