The ball-tampering incident: full coverage

ESPNcricinfo staff4 Minute Read

During a Test series already fraught with controversy (read: the stairwell saga, Lyon's ball drop, the Rabada ban and its reversal), another massive issue broke out in Cape Town: ball tampering. Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera seemingly working on the ball with a foreign substance in his hand, only for Australia captain Steven Smith to come out at the end of the day and accept that it was something planned by the team's on-field leadership group. Here's the full story:

April 5
Video - No talk of cultural issues when Australia won the Ashes - Ponting
Video - Chappell: Gillespie will be the right choice to replace Lehmann
News - Criticism of Australia team culture out of proportion - Ponting
News - Warner accepts CA sanctions for ball-tampering
News - Sanctions will restore cricket's 'battered' image - Morgan

April 4
News - Steven Smith accepts CA sanctions, will not appeal
Comment - Sidharth Monga: What do broadcasters have to do with ball-tampering?
Video - ICYMI: Ball-tampering

April 3
News - ACA calls for reduction of 'disproportionate' sanctions for ball-tampering

April 2
News - I feel like it's all my fault and it's killing me - Candice Warner

April 1
News - Smith, Warner to push for domestic clearance

March 31
News - Warner 'resigned' to the fact he may never play for Australia again

March 30
News - Paine redefines Australia and captaincy
Comment - Osman Samiuddin: What's with the sanctimony, Mr Waugh
Video - The sandpaper storm that rocked Australian cricket
News - Mailey to Murray Mints: Seven ball-tampering confessions from the past
News - Six before Paine: Surprise captains
Video - There's been a steady decline - Former coach John Buchanan

March 29
News analysis - Daniel Brettig: Sutherland flies home into mounting chaos
Video - I'm not resigning - Sutherland
News - Lehmann steps down as Australia coach
Video - Lehmann's long history of confrontations
Video - 'Saying goodbye to the players the toughest thing I've ever had to do' - Lehmann
News - I hope I can earn forgiveness in time - Smith
Video - Smith breaks down as he says sorry
Reactions - DEVASTATING! - Michael Clarke on Smith's press conference
News - I've given up my spot for free - Bancroft
Video - I'll regret this for the rest of my life - Bancroft
News - Warner apologises for 'stain on the game'
Video - Warner touches down to chaotic scenes
News - Somerset pull Bancroft deal after ball-tampering outcry
News Analysis - Mark Nicholas: This is another wake-up call for cricket
News - Australian Cricketers' Association questions severity of CA's sanctions
News - 'Team culture is to blame' - Mickey Arthur on Smith, Warner, Bancroft
Video - Butcher: Didn't for a minute expect one-year bans
News - 'Warner's not a bad person' - Williamson
News - Williamson announced Sunrisers captain

March 28
News - 'A reality check for every team in the world' - Amla
News - Humbled Lehmann looks to New Zealand culture
News - The six words that put Lehmann in the clear
Interview - Sutherland: Sanctions for 'damage to game', not tampering
News - Warner, Smith banned for one year, Bancroft nine months
News - CA says sandpaper was used to tamper, not sticky tape
Video - Chappell: 'Don't see Smith captaining Australia again'
Video - Manjrekar: 'Zero tolerance for cheating in sport'
Video - Bal: CA's decision a reaction to public outrage
Video - What does sandpaper do to a ball?
Video - Smith mobbed by media as he departs for Australia
News - Warner and Smith axed from IPL 2018
News - Warner steps down as Sunrisers Hyderabad captain
Video - Brettig: Struggle to see Warner play for Australia again
Podcast - Kimber and Zaltzman on ball-tampering
News - Lehmann is one of the good guys - Allan Border

March 27
News Analysis - Brettig: Lehmann at heart of cultural contradiction
News - Smith, Warner and Bancroft to leave South Africa
Video - 'We are contemplating significant sanctions' - Sutherland
News - 'Teams have been waiting for Australia to stuff up,' says Bayliss
News - 'I would hope this never happens under my watch' - Gibson
News - Warner and CA headed for Pietersen-ECB parting
News - Matt Renshaw added to Australia's Test squad

March 26
News - FICA chief calls for 'honour code' among players
News - Smith, Warner, Lehmann in sights as Sutherland flies to South Africa
News - Smith steps down as Rajasthan Royals captain
News analysis - Coverdale: Why is Australia so outraged at Steven Smith's team?

March 25
Comment - Sambit Bal: This is Australia's moment of truth
News - Smith, Warner could face life ban from CA
Video - Du Plessis: 'Ball shining v ball tampering? One is much more serious'
Video - Voges: We will see changes to Australia's hierarchy
News - Australia must forge new identity - Paine
Video - 'Reality of the situation has sunk in for Australia' - Paine
News - Broad pours scorn on Australian double-standards
Video - Brettig: Lehmann's position close to untenable
News - Steven Smith banned for one Test, Bancroft given three demerit points
News - Steven Smith and Warner stood down as captain and vice-captain
News - Australian government calls for Smith to be removed
Video - A very sad day for Australian cricket - Sutherland

March 24
News analysis - Brettig: Australia's 'line' becomes their noose
News analysis - Moonda: South Africa back on the moral high ground
Video - Voges: Australia's reputation comes in question now
Video - The leadership group knew about the tampering - Smith
News - Desperation drove Australia to cheat, says Smith
Video - 'Panicked once I was sighted on the screen' - Bancroft
News - Bancroft, Smith admit to ball tampering
Reactions - Tell me this is a bad dream - Michael Clarke
News - Cameron Bancroft at centre of alleged ball-tampering row