After an emotional press conference by Australian Skipper Steven Smith and bowler Cameron Barcroft in the ball-tampering incident, vice-captain David Warner addressed media with a heavy heart today.Speaking on the scandal and the year ban handed to him by ICC, a tearful Warner said he may never play for his country again. When asked who all were aware of the ball-tampering incident and whether it is the first time that team is involved in such activities. Warner said, “I can honestly say I have only wanted to bring glory to my country through playing cricket.
“In striving to do so I have made the decision which has had the opposite effect and it’s one that I will regret as long as I live.”
Following one of the most damaging scandals to ever hit the Australian cricket, skipper Steven Smith and Warner were handed a year ban from international and domestic cricket by the ICC while bowler Cameron Bancroft is suspended for nine months. Team coach Daren Lehmann also quit in the light of the incident.
When asked if Warner will appeal against the decision, he quoted, “That’s something that I will continue to sit down with my family and weigh up all my considerations before I make any decisions.”
During his 10-minute media conference, Warner struggled with his emotions and apologized to the fans, both teams, Cricket Australia and to his family. Media questioned him about the incident and who was involved and was it his idea. Warner avoiding the questions said, “I am here today to accept my responsibility for my part and my involvement for what happened in Cape Town.”
“It’s inexcusable, I am deeply sorry. I will do everything I can to earn back the respect of the Australian public.”
Warner said he will be seeking a character change to become a better player. Because of his aggressive nature, he is described as team’s “attack dog”. He was banned in 2013 for punching Joe Root in a bar.
He said, “I suppose there is a tiny ray of hope that I may one day be given the privilege of playing for my country again, but I am resigned to the fact that may never happen.”
”But in the coming weeks and months, I am going to look at what has happened and who I am as a man. To be honest, I am not sure right now how I will do this, I will seek out advice and expertise to make serious changes.”