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AB de Villiers retires from international cricket

South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has retired from international cricket Credit: PA

South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has announced his shock retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect.

The 34-year-old has been a titanic figure in the Proteas' middle order for more than a decade and will go down as one of their greatest ever batsmen.

De Villiers starred in the recent Test series victory over Australia - and only last year recommitted to representing South Africa in all formats after taking a break from Test cricket - but admitted his efforts have left him fatigued.

He said in a video on his Twitter account: "I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect.

"After 114 Test matches, 228 ODI's and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired.

"This is a tough decision, I have thought long and hard about it and I'd like to retire while still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic series wins against India and Australia, now feels like the right time to step aside."

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Smith and Bancroft accept bans issued by Cricket Australia

Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft will not be appealing against their bans from the game. Credit: PA

Former Australia captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft will not be appealing against their bans from the game.

Smith was banned along with vice-captain David Warner for their part in ball-tampering during the recent Test series in South Africa.

Batsman Bancroft was banned for nine months following a Cricket Australia investigation which revealed he had used sandpaper to try to alter the condition of the ball during the third Test at Cape Town.

There had been reports of a possible appeal by the players against the bans but Smith has said on Twitter he will not seek to have the sanction reduced.

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Lehmann to step down as Australia head coach

Lehmann will step down as Australia's head coach after the final Test against South Africa Credit: PA

Darren Lehmann will leave his post as Australia's head coach after the fourth Test against South Africa, which begins on Friday.

Cricket Australia confirmed his departure, which had appeared unlikely when it was announced earlier in the week that he would remain in his post until the end of his contract.

That was due to run until the end of the 2019 Ashes series in England, but now Lehmann has joined the casualties of Australia's Cape Town debacle.

Cricket Australia announced its chief executive James Sutherland would speak to media at 2.45pm BST in Johannesburg following Lehmann's resignation.

Lehmann had been cleared by a Cricket Australia investigation into the ball-tampering, with Sutherland saying on Tuesday the coach had no prior knowledge of the plot.

At the time, Sutherland said it was "inaccurate" to say Lehmann had resigned, but now he has decided to quit.

"It's the right time to step away," Lehmann said, speaking at a press conference. "I'm ultimately responsible for the culture of the team and I've been thinking about my position for a while.

"Despite telling media yesterday that I'm not resigning, after reviewing Steve and Cameron's hurting it's only fair that I make this decision.

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