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A contrite Steve Smith decided before David Warner to accept his 12-month ban for his role in the ball tampering scandal.

Warner and Smith were last week suspended from global and domestic cricket for a year, while opening batsman Bancroft was exiled for nine months over the incident during the third Test in South Africa that shocked the sport.

Cameron Bancroft has been handed over nine months ban.

While Smith and Bancroft have professed their heartfelt regret for their parts in the scandal, Warner has been less forthcoming and drew the ire of the public when he failed the explicitly admit he devised the plan on his own accord. "As a past player and captain, I was quite shocked to see what took place on the field", Ponting admitted.

"I think Nasser Hussain summed it up on television when he said he seemed to have abused every team other than the Indians, which potentially might have affected his IPL contract", Vaughan said. "They've been imposed by CA to send a strong message and I have accepted them", the axed Australian captain said via a tweet a day earlier. The man with 27,000 global runs however didn't give a direct answer to what he would have done had he been a Cricket Australia official. Warner and captain Steve Smith were banned for 12 months.

Asked if any such incident happened during his time donning the Baggy Green, Katich, who played 56 Tests, 45 One Dayers and three T20Is for Australia said: "No, because no one got caught taking sandpaper and fielding".




All three were sent home from South Africa in disgrace after being slapped with bans that are significantly higher than anything the International Cricket Council has imposed for ball tampering - and some stars of the international game have been sanctioned or investigated on the charge.

They had until 5 pm local time on Thursday to make their decisions; Warner revealed his with little over an hour left on the clock.

Delhi Daredevils coach Ricky Ponting with team captain Gautam Gambhir leave after a press conference.

"We, as Australians, like to play our game hard, we like to play our game fair and our fans expect us to play that way. Now that the test series is over, the guys have got a few weeks to get away from it all and then start rebuilding what has sort of collapsed for them over the last couple of weeks".

"Australian cricketers are role models for our young people and ambassadors for our country", said Cricket Australia chairman David Peever in a statement.


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