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David Warner ‘takes responsibility’ for his part in ball-tampering scandal

David Warner apologised to fans after he was handed a one-year ban by Cricket Australia along with Steve Smith for their role in the ball-tampering scandal.

cricket Updated: Mar 29, 2018 13:40 IST
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David Warner was handed a one-year ban by Cricket Australia for his role in the ball-tampering scandal. (REUTERS)

Disgraced Australian opener David Warner on Thursday apologised to fans and said he took responsibility for his part in a ball-tampering scandal that has shocked the cricketing world.

“Mistakes have been made which have damaged cricket,” he said on Instagram in breaking his silence over the incident in the third Test against South Africa last weekend.

“I apologise for my part and take responsibility for it.”

Vice-captain Warner, along with skipper Steve Smith, have been banned from all international and domestic cricket for a year for their behaviour.

Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months.

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Warner, a hard-hitting batsman but divisive figure in the world game, has become the focus of Australian media, who blame him for the scandal.

He was charged by Cricket Australia with developing the plan to use sandpaper to alter the ball and instructing Bancroft to carry it out.

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“I understand the distress this has caused the sport and its fans,” Warner, who is on his way back to Sydney, told his 1.6 million Instagram followers. “It’s a stain on the game we all love and I have loved since I was a boy.

“I need to take a deep breath and spend time with my family, friends and trusted advisers.

“You will hear from me in a few days.”

The fallout from the crisis has seen Warner dumped by sponsors ASICS and LG.

Along with Smith, he has also been ejected from this year’s Indian Premier League, losing contracts worth nearly US$2 million each.

First Published: Mar 29, 2018 10:37 IST