I hope I can earn back respect: Steve Smith

Australian cricketers sent home over ball tampering

Steve Smith started crying as he reflected on the effect his involvement in a ball-tampering plot had on his parents, and he apologized for the pain he's brought onto them and to the Australian public.

"I'm ultimately responsible for the culture of the team and I've been thinking about my position for a while".

"To cricket fans in Australia and all over the world: I am now on my way back to Sydney", the batsman said.

"I want to say that I am very sorry".

"What happened in Cape Town has already been laid out by Cricket Australia".

Smith, wearing a formal coat and drawing deep breaths as he spoke, addressed the fans and the children of Australia would wanted to know why he'd cheated.

"I am sorry to kids". I love the game of cricket.

Former vice-captain Warner, who received a 12-month ban and cannot return to a leadership role, apologised to cricket fans "all over the world" in a post on Twitter on Thursday. "You're affecting your parents and to see the way my old man has been and my mom, it hurts", he said.

"It's only fair that I make this decision", he said.

"There was a failure of leadership, of my leadership".

"My family and I have copped a lot of abuse over the last week and it's taken its toll on them". "If any good can come of this, it can be a lesson to others, and I hope can be a cause for change", he added.

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"I know I'll regret this for the rest of my life".

Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months.

Warner was scheduled to arrive back in Sydney late Thursday night, but was not planning to speak to the media.

Australia head coach Darren Lehmann will quit his role following the ball tampering scandal which has engulfed his team. I'm sorry for what it's entailed since then and for that. Cricket is my life and hope it can be again. "All I can do in the short term is to ask for forgiveness". Now Renshaw has been recalled to replace him.

"The thing that breaks my heart the most is the fact I have given up my spot in the team for someone else for free.That is devastating to me, and I know it is going to be a hard journey back".

Cricket Australia found Bancroft used sandpaper to rough up the ball at Newlands, and not sticky tape as he originally stated.

"I lied about the sandpaper", Bancroft said.

"It's me that carried out the action of using the sandpaper and it is truly embarrassing".

"They've made a grave mistake, but they are not bad people". "I understand the distress this has caused the sport and its fans".

Cricket Australia, however, is expected to officially confirm the announcement of their penalties later today.

Watching axed captain Steve Smith break down repeatedly at a news conference on his return to Australia removed any final doubts about quitting, he said. Warner will never again be considered for a leadership role in an Australian team. Electronics giant LG on Wednesday dropped Warner as a brand ambassador and ASICS ended its relationship with the players in a tweet.