'It has left this country reeling' - Chris Reason Aussie sport commentator

Morning Talk 26/03/2018

Veteran Australian journalist Mark Reason says the cricket cheating scandal is a “gut punch” to the country.

“It has left this country reeling in shock and shame," Mr Reason said. 

“From the Prime Minister down, there is universal condemnation over this” he told Mark Sainsbury on Radio Live.

He says Captain Steve Smith has underestimated the reaction back home and he hasn’t seen the end of the controversy.

“It has just stopped the nation.. cricket has such an esteemed and revered place in our culture … it is the pinnacle of everything, the baggy green cap represents all that is good and fair.

It has been a gut-punch to our country.

Meanwhile Australian captain Steve Smith has been handed a one-Test suspension and fined 100 per cent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council over the ball-tampering bombshell.

Smith and vice-captain David Warner have also been stood down as leaders for the rest of the third Test, with Tim Paine now leading Australia in Cape Town.

Both took the field under Paine's leadership at Newlands, where the tourists were booed onto the field as day four started on Sunday before crashing to a 322-run defeat to the Proteas.

The board of Cricket Australia (CA) has ordered a thorough investigation and is yet to make a decision on what to do with Smith and Warner, who are both under immense pressure to relinquish their leadership posts.

Smith and Warner agreed to stand down for the rest of the current match after speaking with CA chief executive James Sutherland on Sunday morning.

Smith confessed overnight he authorised premeditated cheating at Newlands, wanting to use sticky tape in an illegal attempt to change the condition of the ball.

Cameron Bancroft used the tape while working on the ball in the post-lunch session then attempted to hide it from umpires. Bancroft has been charged with ball tampering by the match referee.

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