Sydney (AFP) – Former Test Vice Captain David Warner said he would never again play for his country when he apologized on Saturday for a ball-handling scandal that profoundly affected the Australian cricket would have.
The usually belligerent batsman, 31, repeatedly struggled to talk and tears ran down his face as he joined fans, teammates, his family and the Australian public apologized.
But he also dodged questions as to whether the bullet manipulating act was his idea. It was the first time who was aware of this and whether he was made a scapegoat.
Warner, 31, told a media conference in Sydney, "I can honestly say that I wanted to bring glory to my country by playing Cri
" In an effort to do so, I made the decision that had the opposite effect and it is one that I will regret as long as I live. "
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coach Darren Lehmann, who was convinced to resign after seeing the tormented statements Bancroft and Smith were also tearful when he announced his resignation.
Smith and Warner were banned from international and domestic cricket for a year, and Bancroft was suspended for nine months following the incident in Cape Town during the third trial  Bancroft was caught by the camera as he tried to change the ball with yellow sandpaper, leading to fierce criticism from home and abroad against the stubborn Australian team.
– Isolated character –
Warner , a Dynamic Batsman, but a divisive character in the game, appeared isolated after being hired by Cricket Australia with the development was instructed to act and Bancroft explained to carry it out.
"I suppose there is a tiny glimmer of hope that I may one day assume I have the privilege of playing for my country again, but I have resigned myself to the fact that this will never happen," Warner said.
He also signaled a possible appeal when he said, "This is something I will continue with my family and weigh all my considerations before making any decisions."
A report said on Saturday Bancroft would appeal and seek legal assistance. The deadline for appeal is Thursday.
With his wife Candice, crying from the back of the room, Warner struggled to find out more about the incident and his relationship with the team.
"I am here today to take responsibility for my part and commitment to what has happened in Cape Town," Warner said in a wording that he repeated several times.
"It's inexcusable, I'm so sorry, I'll do everything I can to get back the respect of the Australian public."
Warner later turned to social media to say, "I know I understand this. Over time I will do my best to answer them all, but there is a formal CA process to follow. "
– Gentleman & # 39; s game –
Warner, who has played 74 tests since making his debut in 2011, has been called the "Assault Dog" of Australia. He was banned again in 2013 after beating England's Joe Root in a bar.
"In the coming weeks and months, I'll see what happened and who I am as a man," he said.
To be honest, I am not sure how to do that now, I will seek advice and expertise to make serious changes.
The effects of the crisis have been dropped by Warner sponsors ASICS and LG, while Cricket Australia, was abandoned by its main sponsor, fund manager Magellan.
Along with Smith, Warner was also ejected from this year's Indian Premier League and lost nearly $ 2 million each.
In Johannesburg, Paine took the unusual step of arranging a handshake between teams as he led Australia to the fourth and final test of their unfortunate tour.
"Cricket is a gentleman game. I talked to our players about bringing it (the handshake). "Paine said, adding," I think it's just a good show of sportiness and respect.
South Africa, which led the series 2-1, was 313 for six on stumps on the first day after the first strike.