Steven Smith has had a difficult week dealing with the ball-tampering scandal.
He along with David Warner got banned for 12 months. Batsman Cameron Bancroft faces nine-months of suspension. The trio was involved in changing the condition of the ball with a foreign object during the Newlands Test match against South Africa.
Smith’s tearful press-conference gave us an insight of how brutal one error in judgment can be. His father has been filmed carrying his son’s kitbag into the garage.
Smith left the country and flew to Dubai after addressing the media in Sydney.
Peter Smith, Steve’s father, told Seven News that his son would be fine.
“He’ll be fine; he’ll survive, he’ll survive,” Peter said.
Smith pleads guilty
“I’ll do everything I can to make up for my mistake, and the damage it has caused. I know I will regret this for the rest of my life, I’m absolutely gutted,” he said.
The 28-year old has been barred from captaining the side for two years. The cricketer received support from unlikeliest places. Former England skipper Michael Vaughan threw his weight behind Smith and Bancroft.
“They deserve a second chance and hopefully get the right support around them now .. Takes a lot of guts to do what they did today,” he said.
Lehmann steps down
Coach of the Australian side, Darren Lehmann announced his resignation recently.
Lehmann was emotional and said Australian cricket should move on from here.
“I just want to let you know that this will be my last Test as head coach with the Australian cricket team as I’m stepping down,” Lehmann said.
“After seeing events in the media today with Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft, the feeling is that Australian cricket needs to move forward and this is the right thing to do,” he added.
Tim Paine has been named the 46th captain of the Australian cricket team. The sides are currently playing the fourth and final Test match.
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