Opening batsman David Warner has announced he will also accept the sanctions handed to him by Cricket Australia for his role in the ball tampering scandal, following in the footsteps of deposed test captain Steve Smith late yesterday.
Warner confirmed he would respect the 12-month suspension handed to him by Cricket Australia in a short statement posted to Twitter mere minutes ago, reiterating the apology previously delivered to the Australian people.
I have today let Cricket Australia know that I fully accept the sanctions imposed on me. I am truly sorry for my actions and will now do everything I can to be a better person, teammate and role model.
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) April 5, 2018
Warner joined Smith in publicly accepting the sanctions of Cricket Australia, handed down for their part in orchestrating the ball tampering scandal which has ripped Australian cricket to its very foundations.
Of the three players charged, Warner was dealt the most severe punishment for reportedly masterminding the scheme: banned for 12-months from international and domestic Australian cricket, and permanently excluded from being considered for leadership positions in the future.
Warner will be free to play grade-level Australian cricket during his ban, and will be able to play domestic-level cricket overseas in the event that Cricket Australia grants him a writ of No Objection, which they appear likely to do.
Today’s acceptance of fate puts to rest any chance that the three players involved would launch legal appeals against their suspensions; Warner was considered to be the most likely of the three to appeal.
Australia’s disastrous tour of South Africa concluded with a crushing 492-run defeat in the final test.
The next fixtures for the Australian national men’s team come in June with a one-day international series against England.