David Warner has broken down in tears while apologising for his role in the ball tampering scandal that has tarnished the reputation of the Australian cricket team.
Warner spoke to media on Saturday, hugging his wife Candice before saying sorry for being the main instigator of the plot to cheat.
‘To the fans and the lovers of the game… I want to sincerely apologise for betraying your trust in me. I have let you down badly,’ he said, while holding back tears.
David Warner has broken down in tears while apologising for his role in the ball tampering scandal that has tarnished the reputation of the Australian cricket team
Warner spoke to media on Saturday, hugging his wife Candice before saying sorry for being the main instigator of the plot to cheat
‘I’m sorry for the impact those have had on our country’s reputation. I have made a decision which has had the opposite effect and is one that I will regret for as long as I live.
‘It’s heartbreaking to know that I will not be taking the field with my teammates that I love and respect.’
Warner appeared most emotional while discussing the impact the criticism of his behaviour has had on wife Candice and daughters Indi and Ivy.
‘Your love means more than anything to me. I know I would not be anything without you. I’m very sorry for putting you through this and I promise I will never put you through this again.’
Vice-captain Warner was banned for a year by Cricket Australia for his role in the ball tampering scandal.
Captain Steve Smith received the same punishment while rookie batsman Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months. Both Smith and Warner were also barred from ever holding leadership positions with the national team again.
A Cricket Australia investigation found Warner was the primary instigator of the plan to cheat by using sandpaper to change the condition of the ball in an attempt to generate reverse swing during a test match against South Africa in Cape Town.
Warner refused to directly answer questions about who was privy to the plot as it was conceived. A media manager interrupted journalists who attempted to press Warner further as to who came up with the plan, and who knew about it.
Upon arriving home from South Africa, Warner briefly fronted media alongside his tearful wife Candice and their children Ivy and Indi
Warner was banned for a year by Cricket Australia for his role in the ball tampering scandal
The cricketer first broke down in tears while talking about his family, and said he still holds out hope he may represent Australia again.
‘In the back of my mind 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 that may never happen.’
Warner said it was ‘tough’ to talk about what was going through his mind when the plan was conceived, but alluded to the bitter nature of the series against South Africa.
Captain Steve Smith received the same punishment while rookie batsman Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months
Warner and South African player Quinton de Kock were involved in a number of heated clashes throughout. Warner called de Kock’s relatives ‘bush pigs’, and taunted him as a ‘f**king sook’.
Coach Darren Lehmann stood down from his position as a result of the scandal despite denying any involvement.
Warner, 31, spent Friday at Sydney’s Intercontinental Hotel at Circular Quay. Upon arriving home from South Africa on Thursday, Warner briefly fronted media alongside his tearful wife Candice and their children Ivy and Indi.
‘As you can understand, it has been a tough, emotional time for my wife and kids,’ he said.
Both Smith and Warner were also barred from ever holding leadership positions with the national team again
‘At this present time, you’ll hear from me in a couple of days. At the moment, my priority is to get these kids in bed, and rest up and get my mind a bit clear so I can think, and talk in a couple of days.’
Warner also put out a statement on social media to apologise for his ‘part’ in the ball tampering scandal.
‘Mistakes have been made which have damaged cricket,’ he said.
‘I understand the distress this has caused the sport and its fans. It’s a stain on the game we all love and I have loved since I was a boy.
‘I need to take a deep breath and spend time with my family, friends and trusted advisers.’
Former captain Steve Smith broke down in tears several times while speaking to media upon his return from South Africa.
Cameron Bancroft used sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball
‘I know I will regret this for the rest of my life. I am absolutely gutted. I’m sorry and I’m absolutely devastated,’ he said.
When asked what he would say to children who are fans of his, Smith cried after mentioning the impact of the intense fallout.
‘Any time you think about making a questionable decision, think about who you’re affecting. You’re affecting your parents and to see the way my old man’s been… and my mum… it hurts.’
Bancroft and Smith confess to the plan during a press conference in South Africa