Ball tampering row: Smith breaks down, Bancroft seeks forgiveness; updates

A tearful Steve Smith on Thursday took full responsibility for the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa that has left the reputation of the Australian team in tatters. The Australian captain could not control his emotions during the interview and said, “If any good is to come from this it can be a lesson for others and I hope I can be a force for change.”

Apologising for his mistake in the ball-tampering scandal, Smith said, “I don’t blame anyone. I’m the captain of the Australian team. It’s on my watch and I take responsibility for what happened last Saturday.”

His teammate Cameron Bancroft also apologised for his role in the scandal. “I want to say that I’m very sorry … I’m very disappointed and I regret my actions … It is something I will regret for the rest of my life,” the opener stated.

Earlier, Australian batsman David Warner apologised for his role in the ball-tampering scandal. The left-handed batsman has recently been banned for a year by Cricket Australia (CA) after his ball-tampering plans came into limelight during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Warner took to Twitter to apologise to his fans saying he understood the distress that was caused due to the scandal.

He wrote: To cricket fans in Australia and all over

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