Bancroft, Smith admit to employing ball-tampering tactics

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Australia's Cameron Bancroft admitted that he has charged by umpires of altering the conditions of the ball using illegal means during Day 3 of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town. Before umpires, South African captain Faf du Plessis too saw that on television in the dressing room and gestured his teammates that Bancroft is using some objectionable object to alter the condition of the ball.

There were boos from a capacity crowd at Newlands when the incident was shown on the big screen at the ground.

In a hugely embarrassing moment for Australian cricket, Smith said he was "not proud at all" but insisted he would not resign the captaincy.

Bancroft then produced - from a pocket rather than where the device had been buried - what looked like a piece of cloth used to clean sunglasses or as a handkerchief. "If you're caught doing the wrong thing, you've got to pay the penalty", Border said, sitting alongside Smith.

The former South Africa captain Graeme Smith said he was surprised the umpires had not changed the ball.

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Smith will now face calls for his resignation after admitting that Bancroft did not act alone. "You've got to own up and say what was it that you were hiding", Warne said.

"You can't have it in the game. The Aussies have to be honest and say "this is how it happened". I don't think he would have made that decision by himself.

With Nathan Lyon's late blitz diminishing South Africa's lead, the hosts needed to bowl out Australia early on day three to retain the advantage they had fought so hard for.

Bancroft risks being suspended from the final chapter of the four-Test series if found guilty of illegally scuffing the ball in an effort to attain reverse-swing.