"I am sorry", tearful Steve Smith seeks forgiveness

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

- The 31-year-old was also charged with influencing a junior team-mate on how to tamper with the ball "including demonstrating how it could be done". Wonder, who will captain Australia at the World Cup. "In addition, all three players will be required to undertake 100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket".

"I understand and share the anger and disappointment of Australian fans", Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said at a press conference in Johannesburg. "They have made a mistake, as everyone - including myself - has made mistakes in the past", said Lehmann.

"On behalf of Cricket Australia, I want to apologise to all Australians that these events have taken place, especially to all the kids".

Warner, whose career as an Australian player appears to be all-but over, admitted their actions had brought "distress" on the sport and its fans.

"Its (sic) a stain on the game we all love and I have loved since I was a boy". As a coach you feel for them as people, they are hurting and I feel for them and their families. The ICC banned Smith for one test, gave Bancroft disciplinary demerit points but no ban at all, and didn't even charge Warner with any offence following the tampering episode in the third test last weekend.

David Warner: suspension of 12 months from all worldwide and domestic cricket.

New Zealand cricket captain Kane Williamson went in to bat for the embattled Aussie, saying he was "not a bad person".

"Right from the outset I would have been surprised if South Africa would not have won this series and I would be surprised if they didn't win the last Test." he added.

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The visitors came close through Mbappe 10 minutes later, but the Paris Saint-Germain forward was denied by home goalkeeper Andrei Lunev.

Australia captain Smith was handed a one-year suspension from global and domestic cricket by Cricket Australia, while Bancroft faces the same terms of suspension for nine months.

"We've got to make sure we're respecting the game and its traditions".

Steve Smith and David Warner have been banned from representing their country for a year - with nine months for Cameron Bancroft - after Cricket Australia came down hard on the three players involved in ball-tampering.

Williamson might have welcomed the chance to join many other leading current or former players in piling on to the pugnacious Warner.

Speculation has emerged that Warner - known for his aggressive and often controversial approach which reared its head following an altercation with South Africa's Quinton de Kock during the opening Test - was allegedly behind the decision for Bancroft to tamper with the ball at Newlands.

Along with Smith, he has also been ejected from this year's Indian Premier League, losing contracts worth almost US$2 million each.

"Through what's eventuated in recent times, there's been a lot of emotion and energy pointed at certain players, which has gone to extreme lengths. Been thinking about my position for a while, despite telling media yesterday that I'm not resigning", he said. They made a mistake and they accepted it. In a double blow for Smith and Warner, the two were barred from this year's IPL.

Smith and Warner were banned from playing for Australia, or any high-level cricket in Australia, for a year. "There was some courage in owning up but there was an element of untruth and that's something we took into consideration".

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