David Warner won’t appeal his 12-month suspension from cricket

Candice and David Warner with their children at last Saturday’s media conference after he was sent home from South Africa for cheating during the 3rd Test Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

Australian batsman and former vice-captain David Warner, the instigator of ball-tampering scandal during the 3rd test in South Africa, has announced that he won’t appeal his 12-month suspension from the national side.

Warner, who was given a deadline of today by Cricket Australia to decide whether he would launch an appeal, having left the door open on the possibility during his media conference on Saturday, turned to Twitter to announce his decision.

His Captain, Steve Smith, was also banned from international cricket for 12 months for his role in not preventing the incident, while batsman Cameron Bancroft, who was caught with the “tape” that turned out to be sandpaper – he and Smith lied about it at a media conference during the third test – received a nine-month suspension.

Warner will never again hold a leadership position in Australian cricket. It will be two years before Smith and Bancroft can be considered for a senior roles again. All three must take part in 100 hours of voluntary work in community cricket.

All three have now accepted the sanctions handed down by Cricket Australia.