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Smith, Warner step down from leadership roles as Tim Paine takes over reins

The pressure on Steven Smith is mounting after the ball tampering scandal that broke out on Saturday
The pressure on Steven Smith is mounting after the ball tampering scandal that broke out on Saturday
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Australia captain Steven Smith and his deputy David Warner have stepped down from their respective roles following the ball tampering scandal that broke out on Saturday during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

The decision came after a discussion with Cricket Australia with pressure mounting on the duo after Smith's shocking admission that opener Cameron Bancroft's act of ball tampering came at the consent of the leadership group in the side.

Cricket Australia has also confirmed that wicket-keeper Tim Paine will lead the side for the remainder of the Cape Town Test as the governing body has launched an investigation into the matter.

“This test match needs to proceed, and in the interim we will continue to investigate this matter with the urgency that it demands,” CA CEO James Sutherland said in a statement.

“As I said earlier today, Cricket Australia and Australian cricket fans expect certain standards of conduct from cricketers representing our country, and on this occasion these standards have not been met.

“All Australians, like us, want answers and we will keep you updated on our findings, as a matter of priority.”

Prior to the start of the fourth day, Smith stayed away from his team-mates as they were warming up. Since the issue broke out, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull along with a number of former players have been demanding for Smith's resignation.

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