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Smith, Bancroft in hot water after admitting to ball tampering

Isaiah Smiler
Is Steve Smith's time as captain of the Australian side at risk after his involvement in the ball tampering scandal? Flickr

Australian opening batsman Cameron Bancroft could miss the fourth test after being snapped ball tampering in Cape Town.

Bancroft admitted trying to change the condition of the ball after he was caught on camera trying to hide a piece of yellow tape down his pants. 

He used the granules off the pitch on the sticky side of the tape in an attempt to help his struggling bowlers.

Australian captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft front up to the media. (Video sourced from Cricket Australia YouTube)

Captain Steven Smith admitted in a press conference that he and the "leadership group" were the masterminds behind the plan.

"I'm not naming names, but the leadership group were talking about it, and Bangers (Bancroft) was around at the time." 

With the Australian bowler's struggling to get swing, Smith says it was a possible way to get an advantage. 

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland was upset and shocked while confronting the media in Melbourne. He says that the the Australians players in question will be dealt with after the third test has concluded. 

"That can't be the end of it, we have a responsibility to take this further and to understand more about the issue." 

Statements from many former players and cricketing legends have since come about, calling for the Australian captain to be sacked. 

The test match series has garnered a lot of social media attention over the past month after a series of events.

The verbal spat between Australia's vice-captain David Warner and South African wicket-keeper Quintin de Kock was the first to be plastered over the internet.

The next was the on-field antics of South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. Rabada was handed a two-match suspension by the ICC for contact with Smith after dismissing him in the second test. 

Rabada was cleared of the suspension after a successful appeal. 

Rabada and his fellow bowler Morne Morkel were able to reap havoc into the Australian side on day three of the test match at Newlands. 

Both took four wickets and reduced the visitors to 255 in their first innings. 

The South Africans currently have a firm grip on the match, leading by 294 runs on the back of Dean Elgar's first innings century. 

The Proteas will resume on 238/5 at 9pm tonight (NZST).