PM Turnbull wants 'decisive action' against Aussie cricket cheats

PM Turnbull wants 'decisive action' against Aussie cricket cheats

PM Turnbull wants 'decisive action' against Aussie cricket cheats

"How can our team be engaged in cheating like this", said Turnbull.

Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland has joined CA's integrity chief Iain Roy and team performance manager Pat Howard in South Africa to investigate the incident in which opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, at the instruction of the leadership group including captain Steve Smith, used tape to scuff the ball during the third Test in Cape Town.

Highly unimpressed by the side's disgraceful tactics, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke on behalf of an outraged 24 million people. "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". The example they set matters a great deal to Australia and to the thousands of young Australians playing or enjoying the sport of cricket and who look up to the national team as role models.

"Let me tell you what has happened today from my point of view".

"I think there has to be the strongest action taken against this practice of sledging", he said. And I have to say, knowing a number of the players, including the captain, quite out of character. This group is also likely to have featured vice-captain David Warner and fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood but, according to Smith, not Lehmann.

Bancroft has been charged with a Level 2 breach of the ICC's code of conduct and he is facing a one-Test ban, while Smith and his men will go under investigation from Cricket Australia.

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