Smith, Bancroft won't challenge cricket ban


Warner has yet to comment but Smith, a golden boy who is compared to Donald Bradman for his batting exploits, took to social media to make clear he would do his time.

Bancroft admitted to lying in the press conference by claiming to have used sticky tape on the ball.

Smith, who was punished along with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for the incident during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town, reiterated he took full responsibility for the events at Newlands.

The players wanted to face the press. Cameron Bancroft, meanwhile, copped a nine-month suspension. He has already accepted the sanctions and claims it will send a "strong message".

In a teary news conference at the airport when he returned to Sydney last week after being sent home from Australia's four-match tour, Smith apologized to all Australians for not doing enough to prevent the cheating plot. I know I'll regret this for the rest of my life.

He also said the contrition expressed by players has been "extraordinary" and should be taken into account. All three were entitled to appeal against the decisions, with Warner and Bancroft yet to reveal their intentions. Warner and Smith at least are understood to be weighing appeals and Warner's lawyers have reportedly requested evidence gathered during CA's investigation after the scandal surfaced.

Smith's one-year ban has more to do with his part in the attempt to cover the ball-tampering up than the act itself.

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He urged a relaxation of the bans to allow the men to return to domestic action sooner, saying of the dozen or so previous cases the ACA had studied, the most severe punishment was a ban for two ODIs.

"The informed conclusion is that, as right as the motivation is, the proposed penalties are disproportionate relative to precedent".

It's also expected that CA will not stand in the way of Smith playing English county cricket through the Australian winter.

Smith has been suspended for 12 months from all worldwide and domestic cricket for his part in the scandal.

Waugh also further said that Aussie team's maligned culture is no different to past eras.

"Cricket's cultural challenge is broader than the culture of the change room, broader than the behaviour of players".

"My integrity, the team's integrity, the leadership group's integrity has come into question and rightfully so". "Let us identify all the causes of the tipping point that occurred in Cape Town".