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Australian Cricketer's Association Questions Severity of Ball-tampering Bans

Australian Cricketer's Association Questions Severity of Ball-tampering Bans”

Australian Vice Captain David Warner, along with skipper Steve Smith, have been banned from all global and domestic cricket for a year.

A Cricket Australia investigator found that Warner instructed Bancroft how to carry out the tampering with a piece of sandpaper during a break in play on the third day of the third cricket test against South Africa.

"I just want to say I'm sorry for the pain that I've brought to Australia and the fans and the public", he said.

Smith, a golden boy compared to Donald Bradman for his batting exploits, was a broken man at an emotional press conference on his arrival back in Sydney from Johannesburg. I'm sorry. I take full responsibility. "It was a failure of leadership", he said, choking back tears as he was comforted by his father Peter.

"I just want to let you know that this will be my last Test as head coach with the Australian cricket team as I'm stepping down", he said. It's been my life and I hope it can be again. I hope in time I can earn back respect and forgiveness.

He went on to add, "Cricket is the greatest sport in the world".

"This is the first time I have seen this happen and it will never be happening again". "I'm sorry and I'm absolutely devastated", he said.

"I don't blame anyone".

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine will take over the Australian captaincy for the fourth and final Test starting in Johannesburg on Friday, with Matt Renshaw, Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns drafted in as replacements. It's on my watch and I take responsibility for what happened last Saturday.

"It hurts. I'm deeply sorry".

"Hopefully the game gets back to the game of cricket, it is a game to be loved and enjoyed. I love kids wanting to play the great game of cricket that I love", he said.

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"I understand the distress this has caused the sport and its fans", the opening batsman wrote.

Bancroft was banned for nine months for his part, while captain Steve Smith also received a one-year ban, even though he was described in the report of only being aware of the plan.

As part of CA's ruling, the three players have also been told to undertake 100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket.

Sporting goods company ASICS scrapped sponsorship deals Warner and Bancroft.

Warner was suspended for 12 months from global and domestic cricket for his role in the controversy during the third Test in South Africa, and was ruled out of taking any leadership positions with the team in the future, though his time in a Baggy Green is likely over.

The role of coach Darren Lehmann was also clarified, with Sutherland explaining that the TV footage showing him speaking into a walkie-talkie as the incident unfolded was not Lehmann warning the players.

"I lied about the sandpaper", Bancroft explained.

Smith said one of the things he had learned from the events in the third test against South Africa was that when you make a questionable decision you should think of the consequences on others.

The trio have seven days to appeal their bans and a press release from the Australian players' union indicated that they believed there were grounds, noting "a number of glaring and clear anomalies" in the process.

Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann reacts as he briefs the media at the Wanderes stadium in Johanneburg, South Africa March 29, 2018. "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".



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