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Apologetic David Warner Will Not Challenge Cricket Australia Sanctions

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 5, 2018, 11:27 AM IST
Apologetic David Warner Will Not Challenge Cricket Australia Sanctions

Former Australian cricket vice captain David Warner cries as he talks to the media in Sydney on Saturday. (AP)

Australian cricketer David Warner has followed the example set by Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft and won’t be appealing the sanctions imposed on him by Cricket Australia in the aftermath of the ball-tampering saga.

Like Smith and Bancroft, Warner made his intentions clear through social media, when he tweeted on Thursday morning saying, “I have today let Cricket Australia know that I fully accept the sanctions imposed on me. I am truly sorry for my actions and will now do everything I can to be a better person, teammate and role model.”

Warner, remember had a rather troubled tour of South Africa as he had a rather ugly verbal altercation with South African wicket keeper batsman Quinton de Kock in the first Test apart from another unwanted spat with a fan after he was dismissed on the second day of the third Test. Incidentally, post the incident in Cape Town, it was only David Warner who escaped an ICC sanction while both Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were punished.

Warner along with Steve Smith in fact stepped down from their respective leadership posts of vice-captain and captain before the start of the fourth day's play in Cape Town.

Earlier, the Australian cricketers' union had said that the bans on Smith, Warner and Bancroft should be reduced, and argued that the punishment was disproportionate to previous ball-tampering cases.

Smith and Warner have to serve year-long bans from international and domestic cricket, while Bancroft will be out for nine months due to their role in the ball-tampering incident in the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

All three players have apologised and accepted responsibility in emotional press conferences after being kicked off the tour and returning home last week.

Unhappy at the punishment meted out to the three by Cricket Australia days after the incident, Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) president Greg Dyer said "justice which is rushed can sometimes be very flawed.”

He urged a relaxation of the bans to allow the men to return to domestic action sooner, saying of the dozen or so previous cases the ACA had studied, the most severe punishment was a ban for two ODIs.

"These proposed penalties are disproportionate relative to precedent," he told a press conference.

Dyer pointed to the International Cricket Council sanction, which suspended Smith for one Test and docked him his match fee after he admitted responsibility for the ball-tampering scandal.
First Published: April 5, 2018, 11:27 AM IST

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