The Cricket World surrounds Australia and Steve Smith


The Test Series between South Africa and Australia was taken to a different dimension at the weekend and has dominated sporting headlines since.

On Saturday, day three of the Cape Town Test match against South Africa, opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was caught by television cameras using a foreign object on the ball, with the intention of tampering with it so that the bowlers could get more deviation from it.

He then quickly hid what looked like sandpaper down his trousers, before admitting to ball tampering in the post-match press conference, alongside captain Steve Smith, who said that the entire leadership team were complicit in the plot.

Smith has since been handed a one-Test ban by the ICC, fined 100% of his match fee and resigned as captain of Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming IPL. Bancroft has received a 75% fine for his actions, but that almost certainly won’t be the end of it, especially as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has demanded an investigation.

We’ve collated some of the best reactions from twitter after the incident.

The Barmy Army

Never slow to mince their words, England’s Barmy Army will no doubt chant this to Steve Smith during the next Ashes Series.

The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times weren’t shy of clamping down on Australia’s behaviour.

Kevin Pietersen

Former England batsman KP aired his views on the matter and thinks that there should be a mass cull of personnel in the Australian dressing room.

Michael Clarke

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke was appalled by the actions of the players and didn’t rule out a return to the Test arena if Smith is relieved of his duties.

The Australian

The front page of Monday’s Australian newspaper didn’t hold back.

Herald Sun

Neither did the Herald Sun, who echo many sentiments.

NT News

The local newspaper for the Northern Territories went for a more poetic front page.

Michael Vaughan

Former England captain Michael Vaughan went on a Twitter tirade about the incident, criticising the ICC and Australia’s senior players for allowing such an incident to take place.

Henry Blofeld

One of cricket’s greatest orators also offered his thoughts on the incident, going so far as to label the Australian actions as “a cancer”.

Words by @dominictrant