Disgraced, Distraught, Devastated! Call it what they will, the Australian captain Steve Smith has dropped himself into a ball-tampering debacle with the most junior player in the side, Cameron Bancroft. Smith on Saturday admitted that he and Bancroft conspired to \u2018get an advantage\u2019 in the third Test by applying tape on the ball. During the press conference after day three of the ongoing Test between South Africa and Australia, Smith said that he knew about tampering but added that he would not step down, saying he was still \u201cthe right person for the job\u201d. The incident took place shortly before tea when Bancroft was seen pulling a yellow object from his pocket and rubbing it on the ball in an effort to scuff it to help achieve reverse swing. When he realised that the cameras had spotted him doing the ill-deed, Bancroft was seen hiding the object in his trouser. When the two match umpires, Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth questioned him, he maintained it was only a cleaning cloth being applied to the ball. Bancroft later described the lie as a product of panic at realising that he had been caught. \u201cWe had a discussion during the break and I saw an opportunity to use some tape, get some granules from rough patches on the wicket to change the ball condition. It didn\u2019t work,\u201d he added. Smith, however, said that it was the idea of the \u2018leadership group\u2019. Although Smith did not name who were involved to plat such a plan, he cleared head coach, Darren Lehmann of the charge. \u201cBangers was around at the time and we spoke about it and thought it was a possible way to get an advantage,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019m not proud of what\u2019s happened [and] it\u2019s not within the spirit of the game. My integrity, the team\u2019s integrity, the leadership group\u2019s integrity has come into question and rightfully so. It\u2019s certainly not on and it won\u2019t happen again, I can promise you that, under my leadership.\u201d Watch video: A simply astonishing confession from Australia captain Steve Smith and batsman Cameron Bancroft ???? pic.twitter.com\/YaE7fBZamq \u2014 BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 24, 2018 His captaincy now becomes a topic of interest but Smith rejected outright any consideration of resignation. \u201cI still think I\u2019m the right person for the job,\u201d he said. \u201cI take responsibility as the captain, I need to take control of the ship, but this is certainly something I\u2019m not proud of and something that I can hopefully learn from and come back strong from. I am embarrassed to be sitting here talking about this.\u201d Following the incident, both South African and Australian players have reacted to it. Former Aussie Michael Vaughan took to Twitter and said, \u201cI need a bit of joinery doing at the house . Are Aussies cheap ??? #SandpaperGate\u201d The Proteas bowler Dale Steyn tweeted, \u201cCan we talk about this?\u201d The last series between Australia and South Africa in 2016\/17 featured a ball-tampering controversy when Proteas captain Faf du Plessis was found guilty of using a mint to shine the ball. Under the ICC code of conduct is a level-two offence, carrying up to four demerit points, a total that brings about a one-Test ban for a player found guilty.