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Australia's ball tampering scandal affects the reputation of the game - Alastair Cook

Steven Smith has been banned for one Test
Steven Smith has been banned for one Test

Former England captain Alastair Cook has slammed the recent ball-tampering scandal that broke out during the third Test between Australia and South Africa during the recently concluded third Test in Cape Town.

Australia captain Steven Smith admitted that the 'leadership group' inside the team premeditated the ball-tampering act out of desperation and the task was enforced by opener Cameron Bancroft but his act was caught on the cameras and was played multiple times on the big screen as well as on the TVs.

As a result, Smith was handed a ban and will miss the fourth Test while Bancroft was sanctioned three demerit points.

"Obviously it's clear as day what has happened; it's not right in the game of cricket and ultimately that responsibility lies with the captain who takes his team on the field," Cook told Sky Sports on Sunday.

"It's a very dangerous thing for me to comment on without inflaming the situation. Australia have come out and admitted they've cheated and ball-tampered so it's up to the ICC and Cricket Australia to deal with it.

"It just doesn't look good on the whole for the game of cricket."

South Africa have taken a 2-1 unassailable lead in the series following their 322-run victory in Cape Town with the final game set to be played between 30th March and 3rd April in Johannesburg.

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