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Thursday, 29 March 2018 - 16:11
Ball tampering issue : Steven Smith breaks down before media
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An utterly broken Steven Smith has taken the weight of the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal on his shoulders, admitting full responsibility as captain of the Australian team for the conspiracy to use sandpaper in an attempt to gain reverse swing, and then the cover-up that followed.

Having arrived home in Sydney after his ban from playing for 12 months and from captaincy for two years under the Cricket Australia code of behaviour, Smith struggled to hide his grief at what had unfolded since he allowed the vice-captain David Warner and the young opening batsman Cameron Bancroft to put together a scheme to tamper with the ball.

In addition to his ICC and CA sanctions, Smith has been banned from this year's IPL and has lost numerous endorsement deals.

But it was the thought of his parents that clearly caused him the most pain, as he said when asked of what he would say to the children who had idolized him as the world's leading batsman and the national captain.

"Firstly that I'm deeply sorry. I love the game of cricket. I love entertaining young kids, I love kids wanting to play the great game of cricket that I love," he said.


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