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David Warner ball-tampering press conference, live stream, blog, Cricket Australia

David Warner cries at his press conference.Source: AP

AN emotional David Warner has issued a wide-reaching apology after being banned from cricket for his leading role in the South African ball tampering scandal.

Warner broke down in tears when speaking about his family and said that while he dreamed of one day winning back his place in the Australian cricket team, he accepted that that may never happen. Warner, 31, boasts 74 Tests and 6363 runs opening the batting for his country.

“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,” he told a press conference in Sydney.

Asked if retiring was a possibility, he said: “That’s something I will continue to sit down with my family and weigh up all the options before making any decision.”

 

Warner confronts the media

Warner confronts the media

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Warner dodges key questions

Warner dodges key questions

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Warner notably dodged questions about whether more players or team staff were involved, after Cricket Australia claimed Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were solely responsible. Warner said only that he apologised for “my part” in the incident, while he also deflected questions over whether he masterminded the scandal, and the status of his relationship with teammates.

“I’m here today to accept my responsibility for my part, my involvement in what happened in Cape Town,” he said. “It’s inexcusable. I’m deeply sorry.”

He later clarified his evasiveness, saying he was still going through a formal process of answering questions relating to specifics of the incident with Cricket Australia.

David Warner talks to the media in Sydney.
David Warner talks to the media in Sydney.Source: AP

Warner insisted he was “mates” with Smith, Bancroft and Mitchell Starc, despite reports they were furious with the disgraced vice-captain. The opening batsman was accused of leaking a story in which it was claimed that the team’s bowlers knew about ball tampering.

In an opening statement before taking questions, Warner apologised to a long list of affected parties and said he had failed in his duty as Australian vice-captain.

Warner's emotional apology

Warner’s emotional apology

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“To the fans and the lovers of the game who have supported and inspired me on my journey as a cricketer, I want to sincerely apologise for betraying your trust in me. I have let you down badly.

“I hope in time I can find a way to repay you for all you have given me and possibly earn your respect again.

“To my teammates and support staff, I apologise for my actions and I take full responsibility for my part in what happened on day three in the Newlands Test.

“To Cricket Australia, I apologise for my actions and the affect it has had on our game, under your care and control. I want you to know that I fully support your review into the culture of the Australian cricket team.

“To South Africa, the players, administrators and fans, I apologise unreservedly for my part in this, and I am sorry. I brought the game into disrepute on your soil. South Africa is a fine cricketing nation and it deserved better from its guests and better from me.

David Warner cries as he talks to the media in Sydney.
David Warner cries as he talks to the media in Sydney.Source: AP

“To all Australians, whether you’re a cricket fan or not, I apologise for my actions and the impact those actions have had on our country’s reputation.

“I can honestly say I have only ever wanted to bring glory to my country in playing cricket. In striving to do so I have made a decision which has had the opposite effect, and its one I will regret for as long as I live.

“I do realise I am responsible for my own actions and the consequences that brings. It is heart-breaking to know that I’ll not be taking the field with my teammates, who I love and respect and who I have let down.

“Right now, it is hard to know what comes next but, first and foremost, is the well-being of my family.

“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.

David Warner arrives to a press conference accompanied by his wife Candice.
David Warner arrives to a press conference accompanied by his wife Candice.Source: AP

“In the coming weeks and months I am going to look at how this happened, and who I am as a man. To be honest, at the moment I am not too sure how I will do this but I will seek out advice and expertise to help me make serious changes.

“I want to apologise to my family, especially my wife and daughters. 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 in this position again.

“I take full responsibility for my part in what happened and I am deeply sorry for the consequences of what I was involved in.

“I failed in my responsibilities as vice-captain of the Australian cricket team.”

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