The world of cricket has been rocked by the news of the recent ball tampering incident that took place in Cape Town during the third Test between South Africa vs Australia this weekend.
The scandal has caused outrage in Australia with several experts, eminent personalities and cricket fans calling for a thorough investigation and significant punishment for the players involved in the matter.
Cameron Bancroft appeared to pull out a piece of yellow tape from his pocket and rubbed it on the ball on Day 3 of the third Test on Saturday which was caught on camera.
Steve Smith later admitted to tampering in order to cause the ball to swerve unpredictably in the air.
Since the revelation, both Smith and vice-captain David Warner resigned for the remainder of the Test, which Australia lost, and have been subjected to an investigation from Cricket Australia.
Smith has been banned for one match and fined 100% of his match fee while Bancroft was hit with three demerit points and fined 75% of his fee.
Just to make matters worse, footage has re-emerged of a Warner press conference from 2016, where he reacted to South Africa captain Faf du Plessis being charged for ball tampering.
In that particular case, Du Plessis used sugary sweets to generate more shine on the ball but given what has just happened, Warner's response now looks extraordinary.
The 31-year-old said: “I won't comment on the way [South Africa] have been behaving but I just know from an Australian cricket perspective: we hold our heads high and I'll be very disappointed if one of our teammates [illegally change the condition of the ball].
“The rules are in place for a reason, if you're not gonna use them, then why bother having them?
“That's the fortunate thing these days, [the administrators have] got the rules and they're going to stand by their decision, and I think that's going to be a good thing.
“We've all been on the back end of them from time to time. Now that they're cracking down on it, especially with the points system, we as players know the guidelines now, so if you're going to overstep that mark and you get fined, be prepared to miss Test matches as well.”
Well, that hasn't worked out too well has it David?
Wicketkeeper Tim Paine took over as the skipper after Smith stepped down, but could not prevent a heavy 322-run defeat for the visitors as the Proteas took a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.
Nevertheless, the fallout from this scandal is only just beginning...
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