Cameron Bancroft and David Warner gave their media statement on the ball tampering incident as both the players have apologized for their act.
Cameron Bancroft was caught in camera to use foreign substance to roughen the rough side of the ball during the 3rd test between Australia and the Proteas in Cape Town. Later Bancroft and Captain Smith astonishingly admitted their use of sandpaper to take illegal advantage of the ball to get reverse swing and Smith mentioned that the leader team knew about the whole incident, predominantly Smith himself, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.
Warner and his family after returning from South Africa
With the days gone, a special investigation into the matter by CA’s head of integrity, Warner, who was vice-captain at the time, was charged with “development of a plan to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball and instruction to a junior player to carry out a plan to take steps to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball using sandpaper.”
The Aussie vice captain has been regarded the central figure in this shameful incident and he spoke to the media for the first time on Friday.
“To cricket fans in Australia and all over the world, I am currently on my way to Sydney. Mistakes have been made which have damaged cricket,” Warner said in a statement on Twitter on Thursday morning. “I apologize for my part and take responsibility for it. I understand the distress this has caused to 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 advisors. You will hear from me in a few days.”
The man who actually tampered, Cameron Bancroft also spoke to media and he was more of who wants to learn from his mistake and fight for his cricket career at such a tender age.
“I will focus on my actions and my conduct going forward. Not a second has gone by where I haven’t wanted to turn back time. I will regret this for the rest of my life. I just want to show how sorry I am, and at the end of the day, they are my actions that I am accountable for, and they don’t reflect on my values and what I have grown up to be. It is something I am very ashamed of and so sorry for,“ he said.