Australian players are believed to want teammate David Warner to be removed from the team hotel to avoid a scuffle after the Australian opener was reportedly partying with friends as the team continue to face the fallout effect of the ball tampering scandal.
Warner has also removed himself from a WhatsApp group comprising of Australian players, with one source saying he has ‘gone rogue’ since news of the ball tampering saga broke. He is expected to face heavy punishment which might result in a heavy ban, he is expected to miss the fourth Test starting on Friday.
According to reports in The Guardian on Monday, Steve Smith and David Warner could be banned from representing his country for a year. In a press release issued on Monday, CA informed that the findings of the investigation will be known by Wednesday. The move of Sutherland going to South Africa indicates that CA is planning harsher penalties on its players. Steve Smith, after the incident has already been banned for one Test, while Bancroft has been fined 75 percent of his match fees by the International Cricket Council, whilst David Warner escaped without any punishment.
Whilst the probe was on, former South African pacer Fanie De Villiers who was at Newlands as a television commentator and was trying to understand how the Australians were able to get reverse swing on a grassy field with a ball which was still relatively new. De Villiers told Australian radio station RSN927 that he had tipped off the camera crew that caught Cameron Bancroft rubbing the ball with a piece of yellow tape which the batsman then tried to conceal. "I said earlier that if they could get reverse swing in the 26th, 27th, 28th over, then they are doing something different from what everyone else does." According to De Villiers, it took the cameramen an hour and a half of searching before they caught Bancroft in the act.
"We actually said to our cameramen: 'Go out. Have a look, boys. They are using something.' It's impossible for the ball to get altered like that on a cricket wicket where we knew there is a grass covering on. It's not a Pakistani wicket where there are cracks every centimetre.
Australia captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft sensationally admitted to ball-tampering during the third Test against South Africa on the 3rd day of the third Test, plunging cricket into potentially its greatest crisis.
Bancroft was caught on television cameras appearing to rub a yellow object on the ball, and later said: "I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I want to be here (in the press conference) because I want to be accountable for my actions."
Television footage appeared to show Bancroft, 25, take on object out of his pocket while fielding in the post-lunch session on the third day of the Test at Newlands.
He was spoken to by umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth during the 43rd over of South Africa's second innings after appearing to have the object in his hand after fielding the ball at cover.
After this incident, Steve Smith and David Warner stepped down from their posts of captain and vice-captain before the start of the fourth day's play at Newlands and handed over the captaincy to Tim Paine.