What They Said About

Some players have 'failed our culture' - Steve Waugh

Former players reacted in anger and with shock to Australia's admission of ball-tampering in the Newlands Test

"I have no doubt the current Australian team continues to believe in this mantra (of skilful and fair cricket), however some have now failed our culture, making a serious error of judgement in the Cape Town Test Match. A focused and balanced perspective is needed in the condemnation on those involved in this, with a clear and critical consideration to the social impact and mental health of all players."
- Former Australia captain Steve Waugh
"It contaminates and allows people to speculate on a whole lot of things now. Not just the fact Australian cricket, which has a great deal of pride, is the laughing stock of the cricket but it allows people to speculate and cast aspirations over other activities."
- Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live.
"We all woke up this morning shocked and bitterly disappointed by the news from South Africa. It seemed completely beyond belief that the Australian cricket team had been involved in cheating."
- Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
"This morning [Australian cricket fans] have every reason to wake up and not be proud of the Australian team. It's a sad day for Australian cricket. Activities on the field yesterday in Cape Town are neither within the Laws of the game or within the spirit of the game."
- Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland
"Being labelled a cheat is the worst name you can get in sport. It's almost impossible to live down. It can have a really big impact on a player. Smith will need to be really strong to overcome this. If you've got a conscience I would think it would be a very hard thing to live down."
- Former Australia captain Ian Chappell, speaking to Channel Nine
"I can't talk for them but when the evidence is as damning as it was, it is sometimes just better to come clean. That's probably what they were thinking... We've had Ottis Gibson address the boys this morning and the focus is very much to apply relentless pressure and to be focused on the job at hand."
- South Africa team manager, Mohammed Moosajee