Sydney (Australia), Mar 31: Australian opener David Warner on Saturday issued a tearful apology over his role in the ball-tampering scandal during the third cricket test against South Africa and said that he “resigned to the fact” he may never play for Australia again.
Hoping to play for Australia again, he said, “I have brought the game into disrepute on your soil, and I apologize 100 percent. In the back of my mind I suppose there is a tiny ray of hope that I may one day be given the privilege of playing for my country again, but I am resigned to the fact that that may never happen.”
Warner added that he takes ‘full responsibility” for his part in the ball-tampering controversy. During the third test against South Africa last weekend in Newlands, Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft was caught using sandpaper to modify the conditions of the ball.
“To all Australians, whether you’re a cricket fan or not, I apologize for the impact those actions have had on our country’s reputation. I’ve only ever wanted to bring glory to my country through playing cricket. “I failed in my responsibilities as vice captain of the Australian cricket team,” he said.
Warner was one of three players banned for their involvement in the ball-tampering controversy on the third day of the test at Cape Town. Steve Smith, who also lost his captaincy, received a 12-month ban, as did Warner. Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft has been suspended for nine months.
Warner was accused of planning with the other two cricketers to use sandpaper to alter the conditions of the ball on the third day of the Cape Town test against South Africa. Cricket Australia investigators also alleged he advised Bancroft how to scuff the ball and failed to voluntarily report of his knowledge of the plan after the match.
“In the coming weeks and months, I’m going to look at how this happened and who I am as a man. I will seek out advice and expertise to help me make serious changes,” Warner said and cut short the press conference when he was asked if he was being singled out as the instigator of the plan.
With agency inputs.