The Axed Australian vice-captain David Warner has opted not to appeal against the 12-month suspension handed down by Cricket Australia (CA) for his role in the ball-tampering plot scandal during the third Test with South Africa.
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
His decision came a day after his team-mates Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft accepted their ban and not appeal against it.
I would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country. But I meant what I said about taking full responsibility as Captain of the team. I won’t be challenging the sanctions. They’ve been imposed by CA to send a strong message and I have accepted them.
— Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) April 4, 2018
Today I lodged the paperwork with Cricket Australia and will be accepting the sanction handed down. I would love to put this behind me and will do whatever it takes to earn back the trust of the Australian public. Thank you to all those who have sent messages of support
— Cameron Bancroft (@cbancroft4) April 4, 2018
The incident itself took place on the third day at Newlands when Bancroft was caught on camera rubbing the ball with sandpaper. An investigation by CA’s Head of Integrity, Iain Roy, claimed that Warner had come up with the idea and got Bancroft to tamper with the ball, while Smith was in the knowledge of the plan and did not prevent it.