Cricket Australia gave stern punishments to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft in relation to ball-tampering scandal which happened at Newlands Test last week. But Coach Darren Lehmann was spared by Cricket Australia over a walkie-talkie conversation with 12th man Peter Handscomb.
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland stated that Lehmann had no idea about the incident on the field. According Sutherland, “What the f**k is going on” were the words Lehmann used while speaking on the walkie-talkie.
“It is understood and it has been verified by others that on the walkie-talkie he said… you guys probably saw it, the first time anyone knew about it was when it came up on the vision screen,” Sutherland told reporters in Johannesburg.
“He saw that and he radioed down and he said ‘what the f*** is going on?’ He said to Handscomb: ‘Find out what the f*** is going on’, he added.
“Beyond that, I would like to just touch on that he brought everyone into the room when the next break was [at tea]. He basically went through everyone and went ‘what is going on?’
The event took place during South Africa’s innings in Newlands Test when Bancroft was spotted on the big screen holding a small yellow tape, rubbing the rough part of the ball before hiding the object inside his trousers.