Qantas Tour of South Africa
Aussie reckoning awaits in Jo'burg
National squad lands for fourth Test amid speculation over imminent press conference
Sam Ferris Cape Town
27 March 2018, 11:59 PM AEST
JUST IN: Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland will address media in Johannesburg at 7pm (4am AEDT)— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 27, 2018
Australia's Test squad has touched down in Johannesburg where the results of Cricket Australia's investigation will be revealed in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked world cricket.
The entire playing squad and support staff - with the exception of new addition Matt Renshaw, who flew out from Brisbane on Tuesday evening - departed the team hotel together and took the same 11:15am South African Airways flight to the country's largest city, with partners and families taking a later flight.
Captain Steve Smith, seated next to back-up seamer Chadd Sayers, did not remove his sunglasses through the duration of the 100-minute flight, while David Warner was seated next to team manager Gavin Dovey.
Camera crews captured the team's movements as they left OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg for their hotel, and despite reports to the contrary, there was no overt sign of a fracture within the playing group.
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland also arrived in Johannesburg today to learn the initial findings of the investigation that has been carried out by CA Head of Integrity Iain Roy.
Roy interviewed select players and support staff at the team hotel in Cape Town on Monday and once he has spoken to Sutherland, the CA CEO will hold talks with the CA Board to determine the actions of the governing body.
Smith, Warner, Cameron Bancroft and head coach Darren Lehmann are all expected to be sanctioned in some form.
CA is aiming to provide an update to the public early on Wednesday morning AEDT.
While CA determines its own penalties for those participants involved in plotting to alter the condition of the ball on day three of the third Test in Cape Town, the International Cricket Council has handed down its own punishments.
ICC CEO David Richardson fined Smith 100 per cent of his match fee and suspended him for the fourth Test at The Wanderers. Smith will have four demerit points on his disciplinary record for the next 24 months.
Bancroft was fined 75 per cent of his match fee and awarded three demerit points but is, at this stage, free to play in the fourth Test starting Friday.
Queensland opener Renshaw, fresh from scoring 81 not out in the Bulls' JLT Sheffield Shield final win in Brisbane, will travel to South Africa tonight to join the Test squad.
Meanwhile, Smith has stepped down as captain of his Indian Premier League club Rajasthan Royals for the 2018 season.
Smith is on a $2.4 million deal with Rajasthan but at this stage it is unclear whether his fee will take a hit now that he is no longer skipper.
Qantas tour of South Africa
South Africa squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Dean Elgar, Heinrich Klaasen, Quinton de Kock, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Duanne Olivier, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, AB de Villiers.
Australia squad: Steve Smith, David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc.
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Second Test South Africa won by six wickets. Scorecard
Third Test South Africa won by 322 runs. Scorecard
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