MELBOURNE- Former captain Steve Smith will not appeal his one year banned and the sanctions imposed on him by Cricket Australia (CA) for his role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, the former captain said on Wednesday.

Smith and his vice captain David Warner were given one year bans, whilst batsman James Bancroft was suspended for nine months after he was caught on camera with sandpaper, using a piece of it on the ball in the third test in Newslands Cape Town.

He said, “I would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country,” Smith said on his verified Twitter account. “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.”

James Bancroft said he too will not be challenging his sanction. He wrote on his Twitter page;

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