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.
South Africa will record their first home Test series win over Australia since the end of apartheid, having successfully batted the tourists out of the contest in Johannesburg.
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.
Tim Paine has criticised South Africa for levelling “blatantly untrue” accusations at David Warner, saying his vice-captain had every right to be fired up based on the unacceptably inappropriate behaviour of Quinton de Kock.