The two of Australia’s tainted trio, skipper Steve Smith and the ball-tamperer Cameron Bancroft held press conferences on Thursday and accepted their mistakes and apologized for their act, however, David Warner just apologized via Twitter.
Both the captain and his teammate got emotional while they were addressing the press conference.
Steve Smith took the whole responsibility and said sorry to Australians, the young generation.
“I take full responsibility, I made a serious error of judgement and I understand the consequences. It was a failure of leadership,” he said before breaking down at a press conference after his arrival in Sydney from Johannesburg.
“I know I will regret this for the rest of my life. I am absolutely gutted. Cricket is my life and hope it can be again. I’m sorry. I’m absolutely devastated,” he went on to say.
“I just want to say sorry for the pain I’ve brought to Australia, to the fans and the public,” he further added.
On the other hand, Cameron Bancroft asked for forgiveness and confessed that he lied and panicked.
“It is something I will regret for the rest of my life. All I can do in the short term is ask for forgiveness,” Bancroft, who was close to tears. “I feel like I’ve let everyone down in Australia and I’m not proud of that, it will take time for that to heal and earn the respect back,” he added.
Dean Jones, the Australian batting legend, found it hard to see Steve Smith break down like this.
Just bloody awful! The boy is distraught and devastated! Smith will come back and he will be bigger and better! https://t.co/udD9f14WRT
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) March 29, 2018
On the other hand, former English skipper, Michael Vaughan also hailed Smith’s courage to come and face the media.
‘Good people make mistakes’ .. I honestly think Steve Smith & Cam Bancroft are decent guys who had a moment of madness .. they deserve a 2nd chance and hopefully get the right support around them now .. Takes a lot guts to do what they did today ..
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 29, 2018
Michael Clarke, who handed over the captaincy band to Steve Smith, was devastated after seeing his press conference.
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) March 29, 2018
Matt Prior praised the Australian duo to face the issue heads on.
Fair play Bancroft and Steve Smith taking it head on and fronting up. That was hard to watch and can’t imagine what they’re going through .People make mistakes but being able to own up and take responsibility takes guts.
— Matt Prior (@MattPrior13) March 29, 2018
Former England’s Ashes hero, Chris Tremlett sympathised with Smith and hoped to see him back in action soon.
I’ve played with Steve Smith and I think he’s a nice guy who’s made a huge mistake… we all make them, even good people.
Watching his interview I do feel for him even though most cricket fans won’t.
Hopefully we will see him and the young lad back in the game soon.
— Chris Tremlett (@ChrisTremlett33) March 29, 2018
Smith’s former teammate, Ryan Harris wish to see Smith coming back in cricket bigger and better.
So very hard to watch, well done Smithy and Bangas, horrible to see the pain they are in! They did wrong but will be back bigger and better! #goodyoungmen
— Ryan Harris (@r_harris413) March 29, 2018
Steve Smith and David Warner have been handed one-year ban from the Cricket Australia, whereas, Cameron Bancroft has been suspended for nine months.