It’s shaping up to be potentially the most demanding – and closest – AFL finals race in more than 25 years.
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has resigned, denying the sport’s recent ball-tampering crisis was the catalyst that ended his 17-year tenure.
Distraught and disappointed coach Darren Lehmann admits both he and Australia’s cricket team have to change, vowing to oversee a cultural overhaul in response to the ball-tampering scandal.
Stand-in skipper Tim Paine has been asked to rally an Australian XI featuring jet-lagged batsmen and jaded bowlers ahead of the final Test against South Africa.
Darren Lehmann remains coach, but disgraced Australian cricketers Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will soon return home from South Africa as the fallout continues from the ball-tampering bombshell.
Australia’s stand-skipper Tim Paine won’t blame the ball-tampering scandal for a humiliating collapse of 10-50, which led to South Africa winning the third Test by a record-breaking 322 runs.