Darren Lehmann quits as Australian coach after ball-tampering debacle

Punishment meted out to Steve Smith David Warner and Cameron Bancroft too harsh Shane Warne

Punishment meted out to Steve Smith David Warner and Cameron Bancroft too harsh Shane Warne

What happened in Cape Town has already been laid out by Cricket Australia. However, he broke down several times and looked absolutely devastated regretting his actions.

"They have made a mistake as everyone else, including myself, has made mistakes in the past".

"I will regret this for the rest of my life. I love kids wanting to play the great game of cricket that I love", he said.

"The public and the board, who approve the captains of the Australian teams, are the ones who will decide that or not".

The post comes as he, alongside Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft return to Sydney tonight.

Smith - the world's number one Test batsman - was charged with knowledge of the potential ball-altering plan, while Warner was charged with developing the plot and instructing Bancroft to carry it out.

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For whatever reason Sanaa Lathan's name got thrown into the mix and many began accusing her of the bitegate scandal. How do we know this? "Where's the NDA and I ain't never saying her name out loud again, '" she cracked.

On Thursday, Warner was banned from worldwide and domestic cricket by CA for 12 months and was also been barred from assuming any kind of leadership position in Australian cricket in the future.

The Indian Premier League too closed the door on the prolific batsman on the same day.

Warner, 31, will not be considered for any team leadership positions in the future, according to Cricket Australia. "There is a rebuild that needs to happen to reinstate the faith and the confidence and, I guess, the pride that the Australian public had and should have in the Australian cricket team", Sutherland said.

Lehmann said that "everyone should remember that each one of us have made mistakes in our life". "I apologise for my part and take responsibility for it".

"I'll do everything I can to make up my mistake and the damage it has caused". I'm deeply sorry. I love the game of cricket. I need to take a deep breath and spend time with my family, friends and trusted advisers. "I'm gutted. I hope in time I can earn back respect and forgiveness", said Smith before saying "sorry".

Meanwhile, Cameron Bancroft, the third member found guilty in Cricket Australia's internal investigation and the player who actually tampered with the ball, has been handed a nine-month suspension.

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Smith made the walk of shame through Johannesburg airport this morning after receiving his 12 month ban.

Tim Paine, who took over from Smith as captain mid-match in Cape Town as the furore began to unfold, was officially appointed as captain of the Test team on Tuesday.

"We've had a lot of highs along the way and played some really exciting cricket".

The 31-year-old, who was his national team's vice-captain, along with captain Steven Smith orchestrated a plan that would see them tamper the ball.

"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". Bancroft confessed to having lied about using sticky tape rather than sandpaper to scuff the ball in Cape Town in the news conference immediately after the incident last Saturday.

The financial cost for the players is also growing with sporting goods company ASICS ending its relationship with Warner and Bancroft.

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But one thing seems certain: a late first-round pick isn't going to be enough for the Giants to trade their best offensive weapon. We want guys who are passionate about playing the game. "But if you're asking me for a 100 percent guarantee, nobody has that".

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