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TUESDAY MARCH 27 2018 SPORT 29 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Although Steve Smith said coach Darren Lehmann was unaware of the cheating plot, his role is under increasing pressure Cameron Bancroft at the Australian hotel in Cape Town Tim Paine and Cameron Bancroft Picture: NASIEF MANIE/WP MEDIA IRATE Australian Test cricketers will seek union support to have their names distanced from the games ball tampering scandal. The final fatal blow to Steve Smiths captaincy may come in the form of a protest from players who are guilty by association in the scandal which has Teammates distance themselves from disgrace rocked Australian cricket to the core. Smith said the decision to get Cameron Bancroft to tamper with the ball in the third Test in Cape Town was made by the leadership group which also includes David Warner, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. The decision to stand Warner down from the vicecaptaincy for the final day of the Cape Town Test was a strong pointer to his guilt because he was interviewed by high ranking officials before that decision was made. But it is understood several of the other players are furious at being linked with the scandal and plan to contact the Australian Cricketers Association in the hope they will demand Cricket Australia clarify their lack of involvement. Sorting out degrees of culpa final Test in Johannesburg, and Warner. The London Sun newspaper yesterday claimed Warner shamelessly revealed to a group of England players how he roughs up the ball. The Sun alleged Warners claimed during dressing room drinks session after the Ashes series he used substances attached to the strapping on his hand to aid the deterioration of the ball. bility will be a difficult task for the two Cricket Australia investigators who have landed in South Africa. There was a suggestion that while Warner and Smith knew the plan from top to bottom some of the others were brought in late and told what was happening. It is a fine line but it appears the strongest action will be reserved for captain Smith, already banned from this weeks ROBERT CRADDOCK and BEN HORNE CRISISCRICKET Blewett mortified if Boof involved ANDREW CAPEL FORMER South Australian and Australian batsman Greg Blewett says he is utterly embarrassed at the ball-tampering scandal and would be absolutely mortified if coach Darren Lehmann was involved. Knowing Boof (Lehmann) very well I would be very, very surprised if he did know about it, Blewett said of his former SA teammate. That would be my gut instinct. I would be absolutely mortified if Boof knew anything like that was going on. Blewett, who played 46 Test matches for Australia from 1995-2000 and is involved with the SACA high performance program, said he is utterly embarrassed and shocked at the level Australia stooped to try to get an advantage in the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town. I got up at 5.30am on Sunday with my little boy and started to go through my phone and woke up pretty quickly to some headlines coming through that were unbelievable, he told Triple M. I rocked up to play golf with my head down because having played cricket for Australia I was embarrassed. I think a lot of players around are in complete shock about what happened, it is embarrassing. Blewett, 46, worked with the Australian team as a fielding consultant before joining SACA last year and said he never saw anything like this that went on. I know these guys individually and I am completely in shock that (captain) Steve Smith would even contemplate doing something like that, he said. 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