Cricket Australia apologises to Indian team as International Cricket Council begins investigating allegations that visiting players were subjected to racial abuse by spectators at Sydney Cricket Ground.
Cricket Australia furloughed about 80 percent of its staff and said it had suffered a $13 million fall in revenue due to Covid-19, despite the pandemic hitting at the end of the season.
Bancroft was seen using sandpaper to try to rough up the ball in the Cape Town Test in March, receiving a nine-month ban from international and domestic cricket for his part in an incident that rocked the sport.
England all-rounder made the allegation in his autobiography, prompting Cricket Australia to announce that it is launching an investigation, saying the comment was “unacceptable”.
Disgraced cricketer David Warner has said he accepted the 12-month ban handed down to him by Cricket Australia for his role in last month's ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
The usually pugnacious batsman apologised to fans, team-mates, his family and the Australian public for a ball-tampering scandal that has rocked the cricket world.
Australia's coach Darren Lehmann will step down after the fourth Test against South Africa ends. The team's captain Steve Smith returned to Australia and broke down as he took "full responsibility" for the ball-tempering plot in Cape Town.
Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft received a nine-month ban following the scandal, which has outraged fans, jolted the sponsors and prompted CA to send the trio home from South Africa.
Australia now trails 2-1 in the series with one test to go and its proud record of having never lost a series in South Africa since 1970 is seriously under threat.
A deadlock in talks between Cricket Australia and the Australia Cricketers' Association could leave over 200 top-tier players without jobs if a deal is not struck soon.
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