Australia captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner have stood down from their respective leadership roles for the remainder of the third Test in Cape Town.
Wicketkeeper Tim Paine will act as captain at Newlands, with both Smith and Warner set to take the field on Sunday.
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said: "Following discussions with Steve Smith and David Warner they have agreed to stand down as Captain and Vice-Captain respectively for the remainder of this Test match.
"This Test match needs to proceed, and in the interim we will continue to investigate this matter with the urgency that it demands.
"As I said earlier today, Cricket Australia and Australian cricket fans expect certain standards of conduct from cricketers representing our country, and on this occasion these standards have not been met. "
CA chairman David Peever confirmed the board chose Paine, 33, as interim captain.
"The Board of Cricket Australia has endorsed Tim Paine to step in as Acting Captain for the remainder of this Test," Peever said.
"Both Steve and David will take to the field today under Tim's captaincy.
"The Board fully supports the process for an immediate investigation into what occurred in Cape Town. We regard this as a matter of the utmost seriousness and urgency. We will ensure we have all information available to make the right decisions for Australian Cricket."
Smith’s departure from the Test captaincy comes in the wake of revelations the Australians admitted to ball tampering on day three.
Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was captured using yellow tape to alter the condition of the ball in the afternoon session on Saturday before hiding the foreign object in his pants once the umpires got wind of the wrongdoing.
Smith and Bancroft fronted the media after play and confessed the ‘leadership group’ had devised the plan to manipulate the ball, with Smith taking responsibility for the actions of his team and his rookie opening batsman.
Smith said last night he had not considered standing down as captain, but it appears in the last 12 hours the 28-year-old has had a change of heart.
The morning after admitting to ball tampering, Smith was noticeably absent as his team warmed up ahead of Sunday's play at Newlands.
Last night, Smith took responsibility for Australia's decision to attempt to alter the condition of the ball on day three, an act carried out by Test rookie Cameron Bancroft that was exposed by television cameras.
Aussie Sunday, 25 March 2018 02:45 PM
I thought it was nightmare, were they off nuts to do this ?
RR Sunday, 25 March 2018 02:51 PM
Punyasiri Sunday, 25 March 2018 02:54 PM
Great! If this had happened in SL our govt would have made him an 'honorable' MP.
Ananda Athukorala Sunday, 25 March 2018 02:56 PM
The Australian Saga is bad for cricket. However, in Sri Lanka resignations are rare and admission of guilt is not at all visible. We need a change in the administration and that change should follow a path of non political leaders in cricket.
Dils Sunday, 25 March 2018 03:14 PM
Need to learn from our politions how to stay in power
Martin Milton Sunday, 25 March 2018 03:49 PM
Utterly disgraceful! Not stand down for one test but PERMANENTLY! Australia will not be trusted as far as Cricket goes, for a long LONG time now.
Aussie Monday, 26 March 2018 12:03 PM
Cricket Australia is doing the right thing waiting for the conclusion of inquiry before taking any action. CA will deal with effectively. Australia will come out of it stronger than ever. Not sure ICC not taking any meaningful action against Rabada for physical contact has triggered the event. ICC should take part blame for inaction.
Saradiel Sunday, 25 March 2018 04:07 PM
Very good and very happy too. Aussies never played the game as sportsman for a long time. They always intimidate the opposition by sledging and through media to win matches. They are at the bottom of my favourite list.
Jehan Sunday, 25 March 2018 04:26 PM
They have been winning with cheating,Before their umpires also helped, and I find Thomson bowling from 20yards, in the old clips .
k.soysa Sunday, 25 March 2018 05:17 PM
I will never forget and there are many who still recall the deliberate act of cheating when giving Kumar Sangakkara "out" some years ago, when the ball hit K.S's upper shoulder before going to the Ozzie wicket-keeper. The umpire later aplogized to Kumar but the Ozzies KNEW he was not out yet kept silent. Eventually, of course payment has to be made.
Jaya Sunday, 25 March 2018 05:20 PM
Finally you showed your true colours.
Jagath Leanage Sunday, 25 March 2018 05:33 PM
Australiawe එහෙම උනත් ලංකාවේ එහෙම වෙන්නේ නෑ ..........
[email protected] Sunday, 25 March 2018 06:24 PM
Burning issue for sri Lanka?
Samitha Monday, 26 March 2018 12:07 PM
What A Shame and Disgraceful act done by Aussie Cricketers. Well done ACB Administration to act fast to Investigate these Allegations.
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