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.
I have today let Cricket Australia know that I fully accept the sanctions imposed on me. I am truly sorry for my actions and will now do everything I can to be a better person, teammate and role model.
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) April 5, 2018
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.
I would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country. But I meant what I said about taking full responsibility as Captain of the team. I won’t be challenging the sanctions. They’ve been imposed by CA to send a strong message and I have accepted them.
— Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) April 4, 2018
Today I lodged the paperwork with Cricket Australia and will be accepting the sanction handed down. I would love to put this behind me and will do whatever it takes to earn back the trust of the Australian public. Thank you to all those who have sent messages of support
— Cameron Bancroft (@cbancroft4) April 4, 2018