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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

David Warner steps down as captain of IPL side Sunrisers Hyderabad

The Australian opener makes the move as consequence of ball-tampering scandal that has seen him sent home from tour of South Africa

David Warner is serving a year-long ban after being found guilty for his role in the ball-tampering fiasco. Gulshan Khan / AFP
David Warner is serving a year-long ban after being found guilty for his role in the ball-tampering fiasco. Gulshan Khan / AFP

David Warner has stepped down as captain of Indian Premier League franchise SunRisers Hyderabad in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.

The opener was one of three Australia players sent home from South Africa after Cameron Bancroft attempted to alter the condition of the ball with sticky tape during the third Test.

Australia skipper Steve Smith stood down as captain of Rajasthan Royals on Monday.

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Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland revealed on Tuesday that Smith, vice-captain Warner and Bancroft were the only members of the touring party involved in the plot.

Darren Lehmann was cleared of any involvement and will continue as head coach.

It has been reported Warner was the central figure and has been ostracised by the rest of the Australia squad.

The 31-year-old should learn the sanctions he faces later on Wednesday, which began with SunRisers announcing he had relinquished his role as captain of the franchise.