Cape Town - If it weren't so serious, it would be pretty darn funny.
Despite Saturday being dubbed one of the 'darkest days in Australia cricket history', it didn't stop several quick-thinking individuals from having a bit of a laugh.
During Day 3 of the third Test at Newlands, Australia's now disgraced-skipper Steve Smith and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft admitted to ball-tampering.
Smith confessed that Bancroft's actions in scuffing up the ball were done with the full knowledge of the team's "leadership group", which, apparently, excluded coach Darren Lehmann.
Smith, who stepped down as skipper for the remainder of the Newlands Test, was then banned for one match (the fourth and final Test at the Wanderers starting next Friday) and fined 100 percent of his match fee.
For his part in the scandal, Bancroft received a 75 percent match fee fine, but was cleared to play in Johannesburg, pending a Cricket Australia inquiry.
Despite the shocking revelations, the internet always sees the funny side of things and was quick to poke fun at Smith and his team-mates in a number of memes and jokes.
Via my sister in Oz: a bookstore in Brisbane has moved Steve Smith’s autobiography, “My Journey”, into the True Crime section. Shame! pic.twitter.com/KAqegTOJoi— Gus Silber (@gussilber) March 26, 2018
Because of the "leadership group" the entire team will go through all this. Who would have thought Australia (most world cup winning team) will go down to this level #ShameOnYou #SteveSmith #bancroft #AUSvsSA #SandpaperGate #CricketAustralia #balltampering #shameful #Disgraceful pic.twitter.com/oeinLTB1aL— King Kohli (@ImKingKohli18) March 25, 2018
Contents of Cameron Bancroft's kit bag pic.twitter.com/cRHAH5QWSP— Adrian Saville (@AdrianSaville) March 25, 2018
?????? pic.twitter.com/NBcFXP4ZEO— Adam Hollioake (@adamhollioake) March 25, 2018
From my Kiwi mates ?? pic.twitter.com/E6o2PJCOyH— Adam Hollioake (@adamhollioake) March 25, 2018
Amazing flash deal on Amazon pic.twitter.com/VH7OjxSDPp— Matthew hoggard (@Hoggy602) March 25, 2018