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Top XI must-read Oz ball-tampering articles

Steve Smith (Getty Images)
Steve Smith (Getty Images)

Cape Town - The XI must-read Australian ball-tampering articles you have to read to stay abreast of the scandal that has broken the internet.

1. Was Steve Smith lying? Shocking new footage suggests he was!

Shocking new footage has emerged of a second alleged scandal to have taken place under the Australian captaincy of Steve Smith, this after Smith ensures this was the first occasion of ball-tampering under his reign.

2. Open letter to Steve Smith from an Australian cricket fan and father

A moving open letter to Australian captain Steve Smith from an Australian cricket fan and father. Perhaps the best thing you'll read on the internet this month...

3. Australian sponsors Qantas 'disappointed' over cheating scandal

Cricket Australia is under mounting pressure to act decisively from key sponsors who voiced "deep concern" over a cheating scandal that has rocked the sport.

4. Gillespie: Shames Smith's time as Australian skipper is up

Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie said there was no way Steve Smith could possibly continue as the full-time captain of the national side.

5. It's just not cricket! Australia media slam 'rotten' culture

Australia's cricketers have heaped disgrace and humiliation on the country, the local press said in blasting the "rotten" team culture under the current leadership.

6. Smith ban like 'losing 2 players' - Faf

Steve Smith's absence for the fourth Test at the Wanderers will feel like losing two players for Australia, says Faf du Plessis.

7. Graph shows how Oz have got the ball to 'talk' in SA

Stats can be misleading, graphs too, but a look at the chart for the degree of swing Australia's attack has achieved in recent Tests makes for incriminating evidence.

8. OPINION: These Aussies disappointingly un-Australian

Sport24 chief writer Rob Houwing ponders whether the Aussie cricketers tried to sow a sneaky, ‘Bell Pottinger’ type of discord on their SA tour … with disastrous blow-back.

9. Australian 'rebel' Hughes calls for Smith's head

Former Australian captain Kim Hughes says Steve Smith should never be allowed to captain the country again.

10. MCC calls for 'shift in attitude' over ball scandal

The Marylebone Cricket Club called for a "major shift in attitude" to preserve the game for future generations after the scandal rocked the sport.

11. Smith suspended for Wanderers Test, Bancroft escapes ban

Australia captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft have been punished by the ICC following their admission of ball tampering at Newlands.

BONUS!

12(th-man): 27 of the best Oz ball-tampering memes and jokes!

It's been dubbed as one of the 'darkest days in Australia cricket history', but that didn't stop several quick-thinking individuals from having a bit of a laugh.

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