Video: Tearful Smith takes 'full responsibility' for ball-tampering scandal

Video: Tearful Smith takes full responsibility for ball-tampering scandal
Steve Smith reacts at a press conference at the airport in Sydney after returning from South Africa.

Sydney - Smith took a handful of questions before breaking down in tears.



By AFP

Published: Fri 30 Mar 2018, 1:17 PM

Last updated: Sat 31 Mar 2018, 9:42 PM

Distraught Australian cricket captain Steve Smith on Thursday accepted full responsibility for a ball-tampering scandal that has shaken the sport, saying he was devastated by his "big mistake".

"I take full responsibility, I made a serious error of judgement and I understand the consequences. It was a failure of leadership," he said before breaking down in tears.

"I'm sorry. I'm absolutely devastated."

Smith, who made a statement then took a handful of questions before breaking down in tears and the press conference ending, had effectively turned a blind eye to the plot.
Smith and David Warner were stripped from their roles as captain and vice-captain and banned from all international and domestic cricket for a year over their behaviour during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town last weekend.
Emotional Bancroft asks for forgiveness

Meanwhile, Cameron Bancroft apologised  for lying about what he had used to scuff up the ball in the third test against South Africa after it was confirmed he used sandpaper and not sticky tape with granules from the pitch.

Cricket Australia banned Bancroft for nine months on Wednesday over the scandal, which has outraged the fans, jolted sponsors and prompted CA to send the players home.

CA also banned captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner for a year each for their roles in the scandal.

"I lied. I lied about the sandpaper," Bancroft told reporters at a news conference in Perth. "I panicked in that situation and I'm very sorry. I feel like I've let everyone down in Australia."

The 25-year-old said he had thrown away his spot in the team and that he was determined to win back respect.

"The thing that breaks my heart the most is that I've given up my spot in the team for free. People know I worked so hard to get to this point in my career and to have given up that chance for free is devastating," Bancroft added.

"I have never ever been involved in tampering with the ball (before now) and it clearly compromises my values and what I stand for as a player and as a person.

"It's going to be a really long road particularly for myself to earn that respect back but for me that's the most important thing."


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