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A year on from Cape Town: how far has Australian cricket come since the ball tampering scandal? | Geoff Lemon

Steve Smith and David Warner are free to return to a dressing room now fully aware of their ‘behaviours’ and ‘team values’

With one turning page, the calendar ticks neatly into place. It’s now one year since Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were suspended from playing cricket for Australia under the glare of a global spotlight. With one orbit of the sun, the longer bans handed to Smith and Warner are due to expire. But leaving aside those players and their fates, where has the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal left the team and the game?

At the time, the departing captain and his deputy left a massive hole in the men’s international sides. The Test team was demolished in its next outing in Johannesburg, faced with a fourth-innings chase of over 600 runs and eventually losing by nearly 500. The one-day international team didn’t fare much better, sacked for a world record score of 481 by England amidst a series whitewash a couple of months later. The Twenty20 team was whitewashed by Pakistan in October before more series were lost in the other formats over a home summer.

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