Cricket Australia said Smith and Warner had agreed to give up their leadership roles following "discussions" with the governing body, with wicketkeeper Tim Paine to take the reins for the remainder of the third test in Cape Town and mostly likely now the fourth. Watch News Nation's special coverage to know more details regarding the same.
Bancroft told reporters he "panicked" when he realized his tampering had been spotted on camera, and shoved the yellow tape that he'd pressed against the ball down his pants.
Captain Smith and vice-captain David Warner spoke with Cricket Australiachief executiveJames Sutherland prior to the start of play, and stood down from their leadership posts for the rest of the game, handing the reins to Paine.
Cricket Australia moved on Smith and Warner after mounting public pressure to take firm action on the scandal.
Richardson meanwhile called for worldwide improvement in player behaviour, pointing to incidents in the current Test series between South Africa and Australia and the recently concluded Twenty20 tri-series between India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
The likes of vice-captain David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood are believed to be part of the group in question.
Born in Sydney in 1989, Smith made his first-class debut for New South Wales in 2008, graduating to the Test team as frontline spinner and number eight batsman two years later.
South Africa's players had been told to maintain their focus on winning the test amid separate investigations by the International Cricket Council and Cricket Australia into the ball tampering which was planned, carried out and then botched by senior Australian players and Bancroft. "I feel this morning they have every reason to wake up and not be proud of the team", Sutherland added.
The series is now poised at 1-1, though South Africa are in a strong position in the third test having set Australia 430 to win.
"The fact that Australia have admitted to what they have done", he said.
Ex-England spinner Graeme Swann said the Australians had brought the fall-out upon themselves for acting as guardians of the game.
Cameron Bancroft was seen using a foreign object on the ball in an attempt to alter the flight of it before stuffing it down his pants after being spotted by the umpires on day three of the test.
"If I was asked by the right people, then I would think about my answer. It was purely the leadership group and the players came up with this", added Smith, who is playing in the 64th Test of a career that has yielded more than 6,000 runs.
Earlier, a grim-faced Smith walked out of the hotel where the Australian team is staying, eyes hidden behind sunglasses as he marched to the bus that would transport him on the 15-minute drive around the bottom of Table Mountain to Newlands.
"There's nothing you can say to defend what Steve Smith did yesterday", he said while commentating on the Test in South Africa.
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