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It’s not a war, says elder statesman

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SLEDGING IS an even bigger threat to cricket's well being than ball tampering, according to the iconic Dr Ali Bacher. KEN PIESSE spent an hour with South African cricket's renaissance man. More »

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Ball tampering gets raised again

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NEW ball-tampering allegations, this time against South Africa, have been raised in Johannesburg as the most acrimonious Test series since Bodyline goes into its final hours. KEN PIESSE, on the spot in Johannesburg, reports: AS Australia’s top order was being ... More »

Big questions for Australian cricket

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OUT OF the wreck of Australia's derailed South African campaign could come some valuable lessons on and off the field after Tim Paine's patched up top order was blown away on Saturday in Johannesburg. KEN PIESSE reports. More »

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Aussies fight hard but face a mighty tough Test ahead

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AUSTRALIA was gallant in the field without Mitchell Starc but could yet forfeit the final Test in Johannesburg in four days, reports KEN PIESSE: LIFE AFTER Steve Smith is going to be tough. Australia’s bloodstained final fortnight of its campaign here is headi... More »

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Steve Smith will not lead again

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STEVE SMITH will never captain Australia again, even when his stiff suspension, to be announced later today, is known, KEN PIESSE reports from Johannesburg. More »

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Axe to swing after Test debacle

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AUSTRALIA’S crushing 322-run defeat and the suspension of Steve Smith will trigger widespread change to the XI next week in Johannesburg, as KEN PIESSE reports from Cape Town. More »

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Smith and Warner forced to step down

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KEN PIESSE reports from Cape Town on the ongoing drama on and off the field in the Third Test: AUSTRALIAN captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner have been forced from their leadership positions over the ball tampering scandal in South Africa. Smith ... More »

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Skipper Steve Smith leads a day of shame

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AUSTRALIAN cricket today faces its most damaging scandal since the infamous underarm incident 37 years ago, with Test captain Steve Smith admitting he and other senior team members deliberately planned and carried out ball tampering on the third day of the mat... More »