Warner apologies for 'stain on the game'

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Disgraced opening batsman David Warner has tweeted an apology for his role in the ball-tampering scandal now engulfing Australian cricket.

A Cricket Australia investigator found Warner instructed Bancroft how to carry out the tampering with a piece of sandpaper during a break in play on the third day of the third test against South Africa.

"To cricket fans in Australia and all over the world: I am now on my way back to Sydney".

"Like all Australian cricket fans, we were disappointed with what happened in Cape Town".

Sutherland promised that "significant punishments" were imminent, but Cricket Australia was not yet in a position to make a verdict.

He said: "I still think I am the right person for the job". I understand the distress this has caused the sport and its fans. It's a stain on the game and the sport we all love and I have loved since I was a boy.

It comes as cricket commentators around the world speak out in support of Warner, despite his portrayal in some circles as the villain of Aussie cricket.

Hours later, Lehmann wiped away tears in Johannesburg while announcing he would be quitting as Australia coach when the ill-tempered series against South Africa concluded after the fourth and final test, which starts Friday.

The Australia Cricketers' Association has foreshadowed potential appeals by the banned players, saying "there are a number of glaring and clear anomalies in the process to date which causes the ACA to query the severity and proportionality of the proposed sanctions". "I love entertaining young kids, I love kids wanting to play the great game of cricket that I love", he said.

"As a coach you feel for them as people", added Lehmann.

Smith and Cameron Bancroft fronted news conferences on opposite sides of Australia, while the third player involved in the scandal - David Warner - used social media to issue an apology while still in the air.

Following Cricket Australia's investigation into the scandal, it has come to light that Smith and Cameron Bancroft knew what they were getting into but it was Warner who developed the "plan to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball".

England can hardly be thought of as squeaky-clean, particular when one of their players has a court case hanging over him, but Root is content that, to coin an Australian phrase, his team do not cross the line. His IPL contract was also cancelled for the 2018 season and his personal endorsement deals have taken a hit with electronics brand LG and kit manufacturer ASICS severing ties. "They have made a very grave mistake, but they are not bad people".

"Whether it haunts them for the rest of their lives is down to them but I haven't been able to shake off what happened to me in 37 years".

"I worry about the three guys immensely".

"For us it's about how we want to play the game, that's important to us", he said. "To see the way my old man has been, and my mum, it hurts", Smith said.

"We need to change how we play".

Instead he expressed sympathy and understanding for Warner and Smith who, he said, were paying heavily for a single lapse in judgment.

'When you play against New Zealand you still get a sense that they're playing good hard cricket.