Steve Smith steps down as Australia skipper for remainder of 3rd Test, Tim Paine to lead

Steve Smith and David Warner on Sunday stepped down as Australia skipper and vice-captain. They will play the remainder of the 3rd Test under Tim Paine.

NEW DELHI: Steve Smith on Sunday agreed to step down as skipper of the Australian cricket team for the remainder of the third Test vs South Africa following the ball tampering scandal on Saturday. Tim Paine will lead the outfit in the remaining two days.

Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland said: "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.

"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.

"All Australians, like us, want answers and we will keep you updated on our findings, as a matter of priority," concluded Mr Sutherland.

On the board decision to appoint an Acting Captain, Cricket Australia Chairman, David Peever said:

"The Board of Cricket Australia has endorsed Tim Paine to step in as Acting Captain for the remainder of this Test.

"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," Mr Peever concluded.

 

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