>> This is a shocking disappointment.>> Australia's Prime Minister condemning the National Cricket Team on Monday over a cheating scandal that's left the sports mad country reeling.>> I look forward to Cricket Australia taking decisive action soon.>> It began on Saturday, when batsman Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera doing something to the ball.
Captain Steve Smith then admitted his team attempted to tamper with the ball to give their ballers an advantage. Fury followed, abroad and at home, dealing a body blow to a nation that claims to play cricket hard and fair and sets great store by the achievements of its sports stars.
Smith was banned from the match, fined, and after pressure from the government, he and his deputy have been axed as captains. Stand-in leader Tim Paine says the team was surprised by the scale of the anger.>> I don't think all would have expected this to be as big as it has been and particularly the fall out that we've seen from back home.
So yeah, as I said I think the reality and the enormity of it has sunk in.>> Major sponsors, including Qantas Airways, have said they're assessing their relationship with the team. And Cricket Australia has opened up an internal investigation, which could lead to a lifetime ban for Smith and members of his team.
The following game in Cape Town, which went ahead, was met with jeers and whistles from South African fans and ended with one of Australia's heaviest defeats in 142 years of playing.