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Smith, Bancroft face life ban from Cricket Australia

Australia’s Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft could be banned from cricket for life, after confessing to ball tampering to change the condition of the ball using a foreign object on the third day of the Cape Town Test against South Africa.

Smith has already been banned by the International Cricket Council for the next Test, but that leniency may not be applied by Cricket Australia. Earlier on Sunday, Smith was stood down as captain, while Warner was removed as vice-captain. Both players took to the field under the temporary leadership of wicketkeeper Tim Paine.

International: Faceless fish discovered off coast of Australia

A team of international scientists have discovered, rather rediscovered a ‘faceless’ fish in the deep sea, believed to have been seen a century ago.

This happened after intensive research on the depths of a huge abyss just off the East Coast of Australia.

Sampling the Abyss – which was the mission’s name was initiated by Museums Victoria – helped find a species also believed to be new to science.

The faceless fish is 40 centimetres long and lived about 4 kilometres below sea level.

International: 'Armada' Trump claimed was heading to North Korea was actually heading to Australia

Four warships Donald Trump claimed were being sent to North Korea last week, were in fact steaming in the opposite direction to take part in military exercises with the Australian Navy over 3,500 miles away.

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and three other ships in its fleet, which Mr Trump described as an “armada”, were said to have been deployed to the Sea of Japan as a “show of force” in response to North Korea’s missile tests, military officials said on April 8.

Internationally: Over 25,000 evacuated as Category 4 cyclone bears down on Australia

Thousands of Australians fled their homes on Monday as a powerful cyclone bore down on coastal towns in Queensland, where authorities urged 30,000 people to evacuate low-lying areas most at risk from tidal surges and winds of up to 185 miles per hour.

Cyclone Debbie is expected to gather strength before making landfall in the northeast state early on Tuesday, with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a category four storm, just one rung below the most dangerous wind speed level.

Australia thump West Indies for 438/3 on first day of Test down under

Adam Voges hit an unbeaten 174 and Shaun Marsh 139 not out as Australia amassed 438-3 on the opening day of the three-Test series against West Indies.

David Warner made a rapid 64 as Australia slipped to 121-3, but Voges and Marsh put on an unbroken 317, the second highest Test stand in Hobart.

Voges, whose century took 100 balls, hit 19 fours in his highest Test score.

West Indies left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican removed Warner and captain Steve Smith in claiming 2-111.

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