Smith and Bancroft were handed 12-month bans for their role in the ball-tampering scandal.
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Former Australia captain Steve Smith and batsman Cameron Bancroft will not contest the sanctions imposed on them by Cricket Australia for the role they played in last month's ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, the banned duo said Wednesday. Smith and former vice captain David Warner were handed 12-month bans, while Bancroft was suspended for nine months after the latter was caught using a piece of sandpaper on the ball in the third test in Cape Town.Bancroft followed suit and accepted his punishment.Smith and Bancroft were also barred from holding leadership positions within the Australian team for two years, while Warner will never be able to hold such a position again.The scandal has prompted Australia coach Darren Lehmann, who was cleared of any wrongdoing by the CA, to step down after the final test against South Africa.
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