The Australia cricket team toured South Africa between February and April 2018 to play four Test matches. It was the first four-Test series between the two teams since South Africa's readmission.
During the third Test, Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft was charged with ball tampering. Captain Steve Smith and Bancroft admitted the ball tampering to match referee Andy Pycroft and the media. Consequently, Smith and vice-captain David Warner stood down from the team leadership, and wicket-keeper Tim Paine was appointed acting captain for the remainder of the match and fourth Test too. On 28 March 2018, Cricket Australia (CA) banned Smith and Warner for one year, with Bancroft receiving a nine-month ban.
The following day, after the suspension of three players, Darren Lehmann, announced that he would step down from Australia's head coach, after the conclusion of the fourth Test in Johannesburg.
South Africa won the Test series by 3-1. It was the first time that South Africa had beaten Australia at home since 1970 and first series win home since readmission.
South Africa Squad (24-Feb-2018)Faf du Plessis (Captain), Duanne Olivier, Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander, Lungi Ngidi, Willem Mulder, Morne Morkel, Aiden Markram, Keshav Maharaj, Heinrich Klaasen (Wicket Keeper), Dean Elgar, AB de Villiers, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (Wicket Keeper), Temba Bavuma, Hashim Amla, Chris Morris
Australia squad (22-Jan-2018)Steven Smith (Captain), Glenn Maxwell, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (Wicket Keeper), Nathan Lyon, Usman Khawaja, Jon Holland, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Handscomb, Pat Cummins, Chadd Sayers, Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, Joe Burns
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