Australia jeered by South African crowd after ball-tampering

Paine was made captain for the rest of the third Test — which has reached the fourth day — at Newlands, after regular captain Steve Smith, and vice-captain David Warner, were stood down, following Saturday’s revelations.

Some boos could be heard, but a loud public address system was played, until the Australians had taken their places on the field.   -  AP

A muted chorus of boos greeted Australia, when stand-in captain, Tim Paine, led the team out, at the start of play, against South Africa, on Sunday, in the wake of a ball-tampering scandal.

Paine was made captain for the rest of the third Test — which has reached the fourth day — at Newlands, after regular captain Steve Smith, and vice-captain David Warner, were stood down, following Saturday’s revelations.

Although all tickets for the day had been sold, the ground was only about a third full at the start of play. Some boos could be heard, but a loud public address system was played, until the Australians had taken their places on the field.

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Former Australia captain Allan Border said in SuperSport television’s build-up to the day’s play that he was “angry and embarrassed” by Saturday’s events. Australian leg-spinning great Shane Warne also spoke of his ire.

“I am disappointed in Steve Smith as captain to take that decision to go out and try to do this.” He said the actions were “un-Australian” and opened the team up to criticism from around the world.

Smith had admitted following Saturday’s third day action that he had masterminded an attempt by Cameron Bancroft to alter the condition of the ball in the outfield, using a yellow object.

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“The leadership group knew about it. I’m not proud of what happened,” Smith said. Former South African captain Graeme Smith said that the current team was unlike previous Australian outfits he had encountered, pointing to a move from before the tour to try to get South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada banned.

“That’s not Australia for me,” said Smith, who criticised what he described as “whingeing” about the behaviour of South African spectators, and Steve Smith’s anger that Rabada had been reprieved, despite being banned after reaching a demerit point threshold.

Shaun Pollock, another former South African captain, said the Australians would have to face the consequences of their actions. “It was pre-meditated and they’ve been caught. They have been shown to cheat,” he said. South Africa started Sunday’s fourth day with a 294-run lead and five wickets remaining in its second innings.