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Australians caught cheating in Cape Town, find themselves in the eye of cricketing storm

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Having been caught on Television tampering with the ball, Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft admitted his role in Australia's attempt to cheat during the third day's play of Test match against South Africa, with skipper Steve Smith also accepting that the team was deliberately doing so in the match in an attempt to gain an advantage.

Bancroft was spotted by television cameras and was subsequently called up for a discussion midway during today's Third Test clash with South Africa by onfield Umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth.

Speaking at a press conference, the Australian team attempted to hide behind their words, with Bancroft saying, "Unfortunately I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But I am accountable for my actions as well. I'm not proud of what has happened.

"I saw an opportunity to potentially use some tape and get some granules from the rough patches on the wicket and I guess try tried to change the ball condition. It didn't work. The umpires didn't change the ball. Once I was sighted on the screen having done that I panicked quite a lot and that obviously resulted in me shoving (the tape) down my trousers."

Smith attempted to cover up the attempt to cheat by saying, "We made a poor choice. We deeply regret our actions. Coaches weren't involved. It was purely the players in the leadership group.

"I can promise you it won't happen again. It's the first time this has happened. We will move on from this and hopefully learn something from it. I'm embarrassed. I feel for Cam. It's not what the Australian cricket team is about. I am incredibly sorry. It's a poor reflection on everyone in that dressing room and particularly the leaders in the group."

While Bancroft is certain to face a ban from the ICC, Australia's deliberate attempt to cheat will not go down well in the cricketing fraternity with many calling on skipper Steve Smith and Coach Darren Lehmann's resignation.

Though Smith says this is the first time such an attempt has been made, his words carry no weight whatsoever, with most commentators of the sport quick to point out that this is the first time Australia has been caught, how many times they have cheated in the past and got away with it, is anyone's guess.

The highly controversial series has seen everything from physical confrontations between the opposing players, to Australians crying foul of verbal abuse - surely a sad attempt by a pot calling the kettle black.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland's Press Conference