As the investigation into the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal is on, reports are emerging that Australia vice-captain David Warner may be the man behind the plot that has rocked world cricket.
Media reports suggest that Steve Smith's deputy is apparently the instigator of the ball-tampering scandal that has left Australia stunned.
There is believed to be an outrage within the team that Warner had hatched the plan of ball-tampering that got the approval of the skipper.
ESPNcricinfo reports sources conveying that "the truth is starting to come out".
The Australian Cricket board is holding a teleconference with the head of integrity Iain Roy and the chief executive James Sutherland and sources close to the board have reportedly confirmed Warner "is the issue".
If this is true then Cricket Australia and Warner may be headed for a split, the same way as Kevin Pietersen and the England and Wales Crickat Board.
Earlier on Monday, former England captain Nasser Hussain said that he wants to hear from the other senior players on the ball-tampering scandal.
Australia captain Smith was banned for one Test and docked his entire match fee by the International Cricket Council for his role in a plot in the Cape Town Test against South Africa that saw team-mate Cameron Bancroft tamper with the ball during the third Test against South Africa.
Smith referred to the team's "leadership group" as being behind the plan though the make-up of the "leadership group" has not been defined.
"The silence has been deafening actually, not just from Lehmann and (David) Saker, the bowling coach, but also from David Warner," wrote Hussain in a column for Britain's Daily Mail newspaper.
"David Warner seems to have a lot to say on a cricket field -- in the last 48 hours the silence from David Warner has been deafening."
Meanwhile, former Australia coach John Buchanan pointed out that it was not common for a coach not to know what plans his players have on the field.
"Generally it will be the coach and captain, in the last couple of minutes before they go to the field, who will be saying, 'these are the sort of things we want to do and put in place when we get out on the field'," he told BBC radio.
"What on earth possesses you to do something so stupid is beyond me," said former England all-rounder Ian Botham. "There's so much talk about it -- how far does it go, how deep does it go?
"The players are saying that the management weren't involved, which I hope is true. I don't think this decision was made by (just) Smith and (vice-captain David) Warner, so who else was involved?", added Botham demanding explanations.
Fantastic camera work. He did not just catch Bancroft cheating, he caught the Aussie dressing room sending a message to say hide the sandpaper.They are all in on it...— Pawan Durani (@PawanDurani) March 26, 2018
What a brilliant team work #CameronBancroft #balltampering #SAvsAUS #SandpaperGate #SteveSmith pic.twitter.com/QBJIUSFJKD
Hussain further added that Australia coach Darren Lehmann has questions to answer about the ball-tampering scandal engulfing his team.
Though Smith has said that the coaches were not involved in hatching up the plan, Hussain wants to hear an explanation from Lehmann.
"It doesn't look good on Lehmann either way, really," he said. "If he did know then he's in a whole heap of trouble and will not be able to hold his job down if he is condoning cheating and (the) scratching of a cricket ball," Hussain told Sky Sports.
"If he didn't know, then questions will be asked as to why senior players are going round not telling the coach exactly what is going on.
"In the dressing rooms I've played in, it is inconceivable that the coach wouldn't know something like this was being dreamt up."
I've had some non-Australian colleagues wonder why the country is so outraged, why a captain could be sacked over ball-tampering. It's impossible to really explain Australia's sporting mindset, but hopefully this at least gives some context.https://t.co/nSAWFyty1G— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) March 26, 2018
With Agency Inputs
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