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The cheating scandal that has engulfed Australian cricket is showing no signs of slowing down. With AP Photos. Australia cricket captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner have been banned from playing for Australia for 12 months for their role in a ball tampering plot in the test series in South Africa .
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