Steve Smith cries in public: Devastated for shaming cricket

Steve Smith

"For Australian cricket it's not acceptable".

Speaking about the toll the drama has taken on Smith, Bancroft and Warner, Lehmann said the "abuse. takes it's toll". "I'm sorry and I'm absolutely devastated".

"Everyone makes mistakes at times and you do need to learn from them and move on".

The fallen captain said he was "absolutely gutted", and that he would regret what had happened "for the rest of my life".

"The thing that breaks my heart the most is that I've given up my spot in the team for free". Firstly, that I'm deeply sorry. "They've made mistakes; they've made mistakes that have [had] significant consequences, life-changing mistakes, but at the same time we should all support them and allow them to rehabilitate and get back playing the game they love".

"The two other things are, any time you think about making a questionable decision, think about who you're affecting".

Head coach Lehmann was also seen conversing on a two-way radio with the 12th man, Peter Handscomb, moments after Bancroft's actions with the tape were picked up by cameras. "I just want to say I'm sorry for the pain that I've brought to Australia and the fans and the public, it's devastating and I'm truly sorry".

Australian cricketer David Warner has apologised for his part in the ball-tampering scandal that has shocked the sporting world.

An emotional Steve Smith has broken down in tears addressing the ball tampering affair that cost him the Australian cricket captaincy and a one-year suspension from the game.

"I am now on my way back to Sydney", Warner posted in a message to "cricket fans in Australia and all over the world" on social media.

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Warner, who is now on his way back to Sydney from South Africa, stressed the whole scandal has "damaged cricket".

Warner, who was identified as the instigator of the attempt to cheat by the Cricket Australia probe, broke his silence via Instagram, apologising and taking responsibility for his "part" in the scandal. I will do everything I can do to make up for my mistake and the damage it has caused.

"Coaching the Australian cricket team is a real high and for me I'm looking forward to having some time off and what's the next step from there, I'd love to stay involved in the game because I love it so much". "They are hurting. I feel for them and their families", Lehmann said.

The 31-year-old allegedly instructed opener Cameron Bancroft to use sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball on day three of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

"We need to change how we play and the boundaries within which we play", he said.

"People know that I've worked so hard to get this opportunity in my career and I've given someone else an opportunity for free".

Following the fiasco, Smith and Warner stood down as captain and vice-captain, respectively.

"I lied about the sandpaper", Bancroft explained.

The distraught Smith then took questions from the media contingent and struggled to contain his emotions.

"What happened down there has certainly created additional urgency that something needs to be done as quickly as possible", chief executive David Richardson said on Thursday.

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