Warner too accepts punishment

Michele Moreno
April 8, 2018

"I have today let Cricket Australia know that I fully accept the sanctions imposed on me", the former vice-captain wrote. "I hope that all players can successfully rebuild their career", he said.

He had not commented further since taking to social media a day later to confirm he was seeking advice on whether to challenge the ban.

There had been reports of a possible appeal by the players against the bans but Smith has said on Twitter he will not seek to have the sanction reduced.

Something of a line in the sand has been drawn in the ball tampering scandal after David Warner followed the lead of Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft by accepting the punishments meted out by Cricket Australia for his part in the incident in South Africa.

"All of that said, though, I have been interested in the fact that I didn't realise so many former cricketers were such angels reading the press", Peever said, in an off-hand remark that on the audio was received with strangled laughter by others on the call.

Cricket Australia chairman David Peever has confirmed an independent review will be looking into cultural and governance issues following the ball-tampering scandal. "The cultural issue is really an interesting thing for me". "As Australians, we like to play the game hard, we like to play the game fair".

"But I can tell you this, circumstances like this are not the time for witch-hunts". "It seems like it's coming to an end".

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He also indicated that Australia had dealt with the situation more than adequately by handing a quantum of punishment that is much more than what the world body had prescribed. "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".

As for the broader review into Australian cricket, there was yet to be a decision made around who would head it up or a timeframe set, except that it would "take whatever time is necessary". It is the big cricket picture to what Cricket Australia responded to-what the world and Australian public demanded.

While refusing to be drawn into whether the bans handed out by Cricket Australia were too harsh, Ponting said that in some ways their hands had also been forced by the collective reaction to the scandal.

County sides are being discreetly sounded out about the possibility of signing Steve Smith this summer during his 12-month-ban.

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