Sobbing Smith takes “Full responsibility’ for ball-tampering scandal

SYDNEY- Former cricket Australia captain took full responsibility during his apology in front of the full glare of the media on Thursday, saying he was devastated by his “big mistake”.

He said, “I take full responsibility, I made a serious error of judgement and I understand the consequences. It was a failure of leadership,” he said before breaking down at a press conference after his arrival in Sydney from Johannesburg.

“I will do everything to make up for my mistake.

“If any good can come for this… it can be a lesson for others. I hope I can be a force for change,” he added.

“I know I will regret this for the rest of my life. I am absolutely gutted. Cricket is my life and hope it can be again. I’m sorry. I’m absolutely devastated.”

Smith and vice captain Warner have been stripped of their duties and both banned for one year after the incident took place in Newlands during the third test, where they attempted to tamper the ball with sandpaper instructing Cameron Bancroft to do it.

Photo Credit- Sky News

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