Could Smith or Warner captain Australia again?
The fallout extended beyond Australia. The cricketers have seven days to appeal against the bans imposed on them. "It is hoped that following a period of suspension, the players will be able to return to playing the game they love and eventually rebuild their careers".
Smith and Warner are unable to take part in first-class cricket at worldwide or provincial level in Australia for a year.
"Any consideration of future leadership would be conditional on acceptance by fans and the public, form and authority among the playing group".
The CA punishments followed an internal investigation into the extent of the cheating plot in South Africa.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) had initially handed a one-match suspension and fined 100 percent of his match fee to Smith for his leadership role in ball-tampering, while the global cricket body fined Bancroft 75 percent of his match fee and handed three demerit points to him for breaching Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct.
"There is no way you can condone it. but the jump to hysteria is something that has elevated the offence beyond what they actually did".
Warne said Smith, the top-ranked Test batsman in the world, was guilty of a "severe error of judgement".
John Buchanan, a former coach for the Australian team between 1999 to 2007, told CNN Sport that Cricket Australia was facing a watershed moment.
He pledged to be a better leader, but a year ago Smith drew criticism from India captain Virat Kohli for looking to his dressing room for help while deciding whether to call for a review after his lbw dismissal in the second Test in Bangalore. "We did not take any decision in haste, it was a well thought out decision", he added. A small, yellow object was seen in Australian fielder Cameron Bancroft's hands after he had worked on the ball, which he later revealed was adhesive tape with soil particles on it.
While Warner devised the plan, he also instructed Bancroft, his junior with only eight Test matches under his belt, to carry out the illegal ball-tampering.
The fallout from the ball tampering scandal continues.
Bancroft was caught on camera using what is believed to be a tape before attempting to hide the object down the front of his trousers moments before the umpires seemingly inquired about the contents of his pockets.
A statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India read: "The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Wednesday took cognizance of the developments in the ball tampering incident involving Cricket Australia contracted cricketers - Mr Steve Smith, Mr David Warner and Mr Cameron Bancroft".