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Sunday 25 March 2018

Steve Smith and Dave Warner: Stood Down

In sports news just in, Australian cricket captain Steve Smith has stood down from his position just before play was set to begin in South Africa.

Smith and vice-captain Dave Warner made the decision to stand down amidst a whole day of condemnation with Cricket Australia senior officials.

The chatter is that both could be dumped full-time as soon as Tuesday after Cricket Australia launched an investigation in the ball-tampering incident, one which even had the Prime Minister of Australia weighing in.

Wicket keeper Tim Paine has been elevated to the top job - meanwhile while Smith and Warner were forced to take the field in Cape Town and play out the third Test.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland revealed the news in a statement on Sunday.
“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,” Sutherland said.
“This Test match needs to proceed, and in the interim we will continue to investigate this matter with the urgency that it demands.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the just in NT News front cover for tomorrow's paper...

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