A radio station, aided by the Australian government, has mocked Steve Smith and his men over the disgraceful ball-tampering row that has plunged the country's national men's cricket team into its worst crisis in decades. In a parody music video, 'triple j' - a national Australian radio station which targets young listeners, has made fun of the Australian cricketers caught cheating in the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
The spoof video was shared by former England captain Kevin Pietersen on his official Facebook page. The video has garnered mixed reactions from the Australian crowds with some labeling it as humorous while some calling it unAustralian.
The Australian media have unitedly blasted the Australian cricketers, largely captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner, young opener Cameron Bancroft and coach Darren Lehmann, for bringing disgrace to the country's cricket.
Cricket is considered as a national sport in Australia and the actions of their cricketers in South Africa have not gone down well with the media Down Under.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia's investigation into the plot that plunged the team into crisis and threatens the future of its captain and best player began on Monday after two senior officials arrived in South Africa to start work uncovering the extent of the rot.
Cricket Australia's head of integrity Iain Roy and high-performance manager Pat Howard are leading the investigation in Cape Town.
Smith, who has temporarily stepped down, has confessed to being part of a player "leadership group" that came up with a plan to cheat by tampering with the ball during play on Saturday in the third test against South Africa in Cape Town.
Cameron Bancroft, a newcomer to the team, admitted that he was the player tasked with doing the on-field tampering, roughing up the ball with a piece of yellow adhesive tape and some dirt stuck to it in a desperate attempt to give the Australian bowlers an unfair advantage
Vice-captain David Warner temporarily stood down from his role a day after the cheating, and is implicated in being part of the plot by doing that.
Tough questions have also been asked by the Australian media over the involvement of coach Darren Lehmann, and if he knew about the plan.