I'll start by saying I believe all ball tampering is pre-meditated, and is terrible, so should have a severe penalty. I also think this is at the higher end of the ball tampering spectrum, so Smith should cop more than most.
Having said that, what is a fair penalty? I'm happy with him having to live with the stigma of being a ball tamperer for the rest of his career, but if guys like Faf, who have been caught doing it twice, and the lolly incident etc only warrant say a 1 test suspension, talk of 12 month bans etc are rediculous. I personally think Ball Tampering should be like a 5 test suspension or something like that, but compared to precedents, one test by the ICC is probably consistent. I do hope however, that CA take the high road and double or triple the ICC suspension and make it 2-3 tests. I would be happy for Smith to keep the captaincy if he gets an extra suspension like this. If they stick with the 1 game suspension the ICC have given, then I think he needs to be stripped of the captaincy, at least for 12 months.
I have generally been pleased that almost everyone I know has not tried to make excuses for him, and basically said "Fuck them. They deserve everything they get, and if they have to drop the coach and half the team for the last deciding test match then that should happen", which is a bit different to a lot of what appears to come from some other countries media.
I feel dirty and embarrassed about the disgraceful, pathetic team I have supported since I was about 5. Now I know how NSW Origin supporters must feel.