Steve Smith on Sunday stepped down as Australian captain for the remainder of the third Test in Cape Town hours after the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), which comes under the Australian government, asked the cricket board to remove him “immediately”.
Tim Paine will take charge for the remainder of the Test.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals has also reportedly decided to remove Smith as captain in the IPL 2018.
David Warner also stood down as vice-captain of Australia. It came a day after Smith admitted to charges of ball-tampering during the third day of the third Test match at Newlands against South Africa in Cape Town on Saturday.
In a press statement, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said: “Following discussions with Steve Smith and David Warner they have agreed to stand down as Captain and Vice-Captain respectively for the remainder of this Test match.
“This Test match needs to proceed, and in the interim we will continue to investigate this matter with the urgency that it demands.