Here we look at the major newsmakers of the 2018 South African cricket season…
Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft
March 24, 2018. A seminal day in the history of Australian cricket. The fact that it all played out under the watch of Table Mountain at the cathedral of South African cricket, Newlands, added to the drama.
Three Australian cricketers, including their captain and vice-captain, caught red-handed trying to tamper with the ball using a yellow object, later confirmed as sandpaper.
The fallout was immense ,with Smith and Warner stripped of their leadership roles and banned for 12 months, while Bancroft – the actual perpetrator – received a nine-month suspension.
It was not only the players, though, that fell on their sword, but also coach Darren Lehmann, long-time chief executive James Sutherland and a host of other leading figures in the Australian game.
In comparison to the Aussies’ misdemeanours, Rabada’s behaviour was almost saintly, but the Proteas spearhead was being set up to be the villain of the series ahead of the Newlands Test.
After Rabada brushed Smith’s sleeve with his shoulder during the second Test in Port Elizabeth, prompting a Neymar-like performance from Smith claiming he was charged, the young fast bowler faced arguably the most stressful period of his young Test career.
Only after a high-profile lawyer, Advocate Dali Mpofu, was called in to represent