Cricket Australia keeps Steve Smith captain despite cheating admission

Cricket Australia (CA) has refused to make any drastic changes over the national side's premeditated decision to cheat in the third test against South Africa.

That's despite captain Steve Smith confessing to coming up with a plan with the leadership group to deliberately change the conditions of the ball.

The responsibility fell on the shoulders of Cameron Bancroft, who was caught on television using a piece of sticky tape to rub dirt into the ball.

CA boss James Sutherland admits to being horrified by the event.

"Extremely disappointed and shocked to hear the news and read the news," he told reporters. "It's a very sad day for Australian cricket."

However Sutherland said Steve Smith would remain captain of the Australian side until it's been able to carry out an investigation into the matter.

"Head of Integrity Iain Roy and Head of Team Performance Pat Howard are heading to South Africa to gather all the information," he said.

"We will over the next couple of days get a deep understanding of what happened and why.

"We are dealing with this issue with the utmost diligency and seriousness."