Statement on behalf of the ACA

25 March, 2018

Overnight in South Africa the Australian Captain Steve Smith has made admissions regarding attempts to alter the condition of the ball during the third test.

He has apologised for these actions.

And he has taken responsibility on behalf of the leadership.

It seems serious errors of judgement have been committed.

It is right for match officials and Cricket Australia to investigate the full extent of what has transpired.

Cricket is a sport synonymous with the highest standards of behaviour. Standards which must be observed at all times.

And standards upheld and nurtured by generations of players.

The ACA will provide the necessary support to players through any investigations which follow.

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