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Will regret it as long as I live: Tearful David Warner apologises for ball-tampering

Prime Sports, International (Sydney), March 31:- Breaking down in front of cameras during a press conference in Sydney, former Australian vice-captain David Warner on Saturday said that he took full responsibility for what happened.

“I apologise for my actions and I am sorry for the impact those actions have had on our country’s reputation,” said an emotional Warner, later adding, “ I will regret for as long as I live.”

“I take full responsibilities of my part in what happened and I am deeply sorry for the consequences of what I was involved in. I flawed in my responsibilities as the Vice Captain of Australian Cricket team,” Warner said, later adding he would weigh up an appeal against his 12-month ban.

Warner said he hopes to play for Australia again, but refused to answer questions on if it was the first ball-tampering incident within the team.

Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera tampering the match ball with a yellow-colored sandpaper. The incident shocked the cricketing world. Later, former skipper Steve Smith admitted that the team leadership was involved in the incident.

Later, Warner and Smith, who also lost his captaincy, received a 12-month ban, as did Warner. Bancroft was suspended for nine months.

“In the back of my mind I suppose there is a tiny ray of hope that I may one day be given the privilege of playing for my country again, but I am resigned to the fact that that may never happen,” Warner said. “In the coming weeks and months, I’m going to look at how this happened and who I am as a man. I will seek out advice and expertise to help me make serious changes.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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