‘Devastated’ Smith makes tearful apology for ball-tampering

SYDNEY (Reuters) – “Devastated” former Australia captain Steve Smith broke down in tears repeatedly on Thursday as he apologised for his part in the ball-tampering scandal which has rocked his nation.

Disgraced Australian Cricket Captain Steve Smith reacts at Sydney International Airport in Sydney, Australia, March 29, 2018. AAP/Brendan Esposito/via REUTERS

The 28-year-old arrived from South Africa after being stripped of the captaincy and handed a 12-month ban for his part in the incident during the third test against South Africa in Cape Town last weekend.

“To all of my team mates, to fans of cricket all over the world and to Australians who are angry and disappointed, I’m sorry,” Smith told reporters in a prepared statement at Sydney Airport after spending some time with his family.

“Tonight I want to make clear that as captain of the Australian cricket team, I take full responsibility. I made a serious error of judgement and I now understand the consequences.

“It was a failure of leadership, of my leadership, I’ll do anything I can to make up for my mistake and the damage it has caused,” he added, breaking down for the first time.

“If any good can come of this, as an example to others, I can be a force for change. I know I’ll regret this

Article source: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-cricket-test-zaf-aus-tampering-smith/devastated-smith-makes-tearful-apology-for-ball-tampering-idUKKBN1H516S

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