Somerset holding talks following Cameron Bancroft suspension

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"But the point is they've put a statement out there not just for Cricket Australia but for world cricket - and the reaction (to that) is all to do with how people want to watch cricket".

"I would also like to apologise to the Australian public and the cricket family", Lehmann said. The third player in the story Cameron has been given a nine-month suspension.

"He (Warner) spoke with Cameron (Bancroft) in the change room while Smith was otherwise engaged, seemingly with a lot on his mind", a Cricket Australia source told AFP, recalling Saturday's events at Newlands.

Specsavers, a Cricket Australia sponsor, said it was "shocked and disappointed" and "in no way condones the behaviour of those involved", but did not comment on its future with a sport seen by most Australians as the embodiment of fairness.

All players have the right to appeal their verdicts and also the duration of their penalties via a Cricket Australia code of conduct hearing with an independent commissioner, who can also choose whether to keep the hearing public or private.

"We need to change how we play and the boundaries within which we play", he said.

"Australia have shown over the years they can bounce back and will have players who will come in, play for the badge and put a lot of heart into it, but I think with the quality of the South Africa team, they will be tough to beat".

Australia are next due to travel to England for five ODIs and a single T20 game in June.

The last test series that falls inside the period of Smith and Warner's ban will be away against Pakistan in March next year.

That led some to argue that CA had gone too far in their punishments for an offense that has happened multiple times before in cricket. We are all feeling angry and embarrassed.

With Smith, Warner and Bancroft on the way home, their places in the Australia squad will be taken by Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns and Glenn Maxwell.

"As a coach you feel for them as people", added Lehmann. Smith hugged Paine as he prepared to leave the team hotel in Johannesburg to fly home.

The Australian cricket team lost a major sponsor and a host of large companies tore up branding deals with individual players on Thursday as the fallout of a ball-tampering scandal tore into the financial core of the country's favourite pastime.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said: "I am satisfied that the sanctions in this case properly reflect a balance between the need to protect the integrity and reputation of the game".

"Warner will only get another start if it's pure weight of runs and Australia are desperate for an opening batsman". Warner had captained Australia's T20 team. Then, an ill-advised attempt at ball tampering was spotted by TV cameras. The players originally said they used yellow tape with grains of dirt stuck to it. Skipper Steven Smith and his deputy Warner have received one year bans, while Bancroft - A veteran of 8 Tests has been handed a 9-month ban for his involvement.

Following a crushing 322-run loss in that fated third test in Cape Town, Australia trails 2-1 in the series and faces losing a series in South Africa for the first time in almost 50 years.