Steve Smith breaks down: See the video

The tainted, banned and dethroned Australian captain Steve Smith broke down while facing the media on reaching home after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

Steve Smith has broken down repeatedly in the course of his Press conference, particularly when talking about the effect his actions have had on his parents.

“It hurts … I’m deeply sorry. I love the game of cricket. I love entertaining young kids … I just want to say sorry for the pain I’ve brought to Australia, to the fans and the public. I don’t blame anyone. I’m the captain of the Australian team. It’s on my watch and I take responsibility for what happened last Saturday,” said Smith.

See the video of Smith’s Press Conference.

Video Courtesy: cricket.com.au

“Cricket is the greatest sport in the world. It’s been my life and I hope it can be again. I’m sorry and I’m absolutely devastated. If any good can come of this, if there can be a lesson to others then I hope I can be a force for change. I know I’ll regret this for the rest of my life. I’m absolutely gutted. I hope in time I can earn back respect and forgiveness,” added Smith.

“I take full responsibility… There was a failure of leadership, of my leadership. I’ll do everything I can to make up for my mistake and the damage it’s caused. To all of my teammates, to fans of cricket all over the world and to all Australians who are disappointed and angry. I’m sorry.

Meanwhile, banned Test opener Cameron Bancroft has admitted he “lied and panicked” on that fateful day in Cape Town, acknowledging he will now live a lifetime of regret.

“It’s going to be a really long road particularly for myself to earn that respect back but for me that’s the most important thing. It’s so big because the action of doing it is completely wrong. For me to carry that out in front of world cricket and to be seen breaking the laws of the game, not playing within the spirit of the game, it’s completely how cricket shouldn’t be played,” said Bancroft.

Video Courtesy: cricket.com.au

“I have never ever been involved in tampering with the ball (before now) and it clearly compromises my values and what I stand for as a player and as a person. The thing that breaks my heart the most is that I’ve given up my spot in the team for free. People know I worked so hard to get to this point in my career and to have given up that chance for free is devastating.

“I lied. I lied about the sandpaper. I panicked in that situation and I’m very sorry … I feel like I’ve let everyone down in Australia. All I can do is ask for forgiveness … I will do my best to contribute to the community. I want to say that I’m very sorry … I’m very disappointed and I regret my actions … It is something I will regret for the rest of my life.”

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