Steve Smith steps down as captain for remainder of Cape Town Test
In light of the recent ball-tampering controversy, Steve Smith has stepped down as the captain for the remainder of the Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
James Sutherland, Cricket Australia's CEO, confirmed the news in a press conference. He also confirmed that David Warner has stepped down as the vice-captain.
“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," said Sutherland.
Tim Paine will now captain the side for the remainder of the third Test.
"The Board of Cricket Australia has endorsed Tim Paine to step in as Acting Captain for the remainder of this Test," said David Peever, chairman of Cricket Australia.
"Both Steve and David will take to the field today under Tim's captaincy.
"The Board fully supports the process for an immediate investigation into what occurred in Cape Town. We regard this as a matter of the utmost seriousness and urgency. We will ensure we have all information available to make the right decisions for Australian Cricket," he continued.
In case you missed it, Steve Smith confessed to being guilty of ball-tampering during the third day's play against South Africa in Cape Town. Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera trying to rub the ball with sandpaper.
Smith confessed to being guilty during the press conference which was held after the end of the day's play.
There have also been rumours that Smith will be sacked as the captain of the Rajasthan Royals franchise for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League, which begins on April 7.