Sydney-Disgraced former Australian Captain Steve Smith apologised to the media for his character in the ball-tempering scandal that shocked Australian Cricket board.
Smith with vice-captain David Warner, where handed 12 months ban by Australian Crickect yesterday, while opening Batsman Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months.
Smith addressed the public for the first time at Sydney airport, with tears on his face.
“To all of my teammates, to fans of cricket all over the world and to all Australians who are disappointed and angry: I’m sorry,” he said.
“What happened in Cape Town has already been laid out by Cricket Australia.
“Tonight I want to make it clear as captain of the Australian cricket team, I take responsibility.
“I made a serious error of judgement and I now understand the consequences. It was a failure of leadership, my leadership. I’ll do everything I can to make up for my mistake and the damage it has caused.
“If any good can come from this, if there can be a lesson to others, then I hope I can be a force for change.”