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Warner Asked me to Tamper the Ball, I Wanted to Fit in and Feel Valued: Bancroft

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 26, 2018, 12:04 PM IST
Warner Asked me to Tamper the Ball, I Wanted to Fit in and Feel Valued: Bancroft

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Banned Australian opener Cameron Bancroft has revealed that it was his opening partner and Australia vice-captain David Warner who told him to tamper the ball in Cape Town.

Bancroft, who is currently serving a nine-month ban for his involvement, said that he just wanted to fit in and feel valued in the team.

"Dave (Warner) suggested to me to carry the action out on the ball given the situation we were in the game and I didn’t know any better, I didn’t know any better because I just wanted to fit in and feel valued really. As simple as that.

“The decision was based around my values, what I valued at the time and I valued fitting in… you hope that fitting in earns you respect and with that, I guess, there came a pretty big cost for the mistake,” Bancroft was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.

However, the 26-year-old added that he blames no one but himself for the incident as he is responsible for his own actions.

“I take no other responsibility but the responsibility I have on myself and my own actions because I am not a victim. I had a choice and I made a massive mistake and that is what is in my control.”

The right-handed batsman further added that the incident has given Cricket Australia a "rare time to change."

“The reason why it was painful is because the truth hurts. Maybe in that review there was some truths that were pretty hard to accept.

“What does that bring? It brings an amazing opportunity to do something about it. Only Cricket Australia will know if they are being true to themselves, to be able to own up to some of those recommendations. If they can look at themselves in the mirror and be really content and be really peaceful, and proud of the direction they’re going, that’s OK.

“If they aren’t, like me, that value will always come undone won’t it? It will present itself in the face to you and you’ll have to learn another lesson,” he said.
First Published: December 26, 2018, 7:24 AM IST

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