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From Bradman to villain: Steve Smith’s epic fall from grace

When Steve Smith took over as Australia skipper from Michael Clarke in 2015, he vowed to continue Australia's brand of "hard, aggressive" cricket -- without crossing the line. Just 32 months on, the 28-year-old has been sent home in disgrace from a tour of South Africa after masterminding a ball-tampering scandal seen as breaching the standards he promised to respect. Smith's stunning fall from grace -- on the heels of high praise for his recent performances in the Ashes when he was described as the "best since (Don)…

Australia ball-tampering scandal: who’s saying what

Australia’s Cameron Bancroft and captain Steve Smith admitted to ball-tampering during the third Test against South Africa on Saturday, sending shockwaves through cricket. Here is how the cricketing world reacted to the scandal. Bancroft was caught on television cameras appearing to rub a yellow object on the ball, and later said: “I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I want to be here (in the press conference) because I want to be accountable for my actions.” Smith added: “The leadership group knew about it.”…