Australian opener David Warner issued a tearful apology for his part in the ball-tampering scandal during the third cricket test against South Africa last weekend, but left a lot of questions unanswered as to his actual role in the episode.
The 31-year-old apologised on Saturday, saying he took “full responsibility for my part in what happened”.
David Warner says he is “resigned to the fact” he may never play for Australia again after his part in the ball-tampering scandal.
He added: “I have only ever wanted to bring glory to my country through playing cricket.”
Warner was one of three players banned for their involvement in the ball-tampering controversy on the third day of the test at Cape Town. Steve Smith, who also lost his captaincy, received a 12-month ban, as did Warner.
He repeatedly apologised as he made his first public comments since the scandal broke, but did not address questions about his involvement, detail the roles of other teammates in the plot to cheat, or whether there’d been any previous attempts at ball tampering.
Reading from a statement, an emotional Warner told a news conference: “To all Australians, cricket fans or not, I apologise for my actions and I am sorry for the impact those actions have had on our country’s reputation.I’ve only ever wanted to bring glory to my country through playing cricket.
“I failed in my responsibilities as vice captain of the Australian cricket team.” Warner was accused of developing the plan to use sandpaper to scuff the ball on the third day of the Cape Town test against South Africa. Cricket Australia investigators also alleged he advised Bancroft how to scuff the ball and failed to voluntarily report of his knowledge of the plan after the match.
Warner cut short the news conference after being asked if he was being singled out as the instigator of the plan.
Addressing the media for the first time since the incident, Warner said that:
- He had a “tiny ray of hope” he might play for Australia again, but he was “resigned to the fact that may never happen”
- He “fully supported” Cricket Australia’s review into team culture
- He would “seek out advice and expertise to help me make serious changes”
- He was responsible for “my actions and the consequences it brings”