David Warner breaks down while apologizing for ball tampering incident
The 31-year old has admitted that he may never play for Australia again.
Updated - Mar 31, 2018 1:03 pm
David Warner and Steve Smith are two of the best players in the modern day game. They are the backbone of the Australian setup as the yellow army rely heavily on the performances of these two players. When these two get going, there is no seam attack in the world that can stop them. To see two great players involved in ball-tampering and get suspended is that last thing that a cricket fan wants to see.
While Smith and Bancroft addressed the media upon landing in Australia on Thursday, Warner had tendered a note of apology through Twitter. “Mistakes have been made which have damaged cricket. I apologize for my part and take responsibility for it. I understand the distress this has caused the sport and its fans.”
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) March 29, 2018
In his address to the media, Warner can be seen breaking down while accepting his mistakes and apologizing to everybody. He let down Cricket Australia and all the people who support him throughout his career. He was not able to hold back his tears when he apologized to his family. He said, “I want to apologize to my family, especially my wife and daughters. Your love means more than anything to me, I know I would not be anything without you. I promise you I will never put you in this position again.”
The 30-year old has taken full responsibility for his actions and hope to earn that lost respect back over time. Its very difficult for a player like Warner to sit out and watch is team battle it out on the field. He has played the game with complete dedication and passion but has committed something that was least expected of him.
We may not get to see Warner in the Australian colors again. It is going to be very difficult for the southpaw to stage a comeback. He has been slapped with a ban for one year and will never be considered for a leadership role again.
It is said that time heals everything. A matter of such magnitude cannot be forgotten so easily. It is going to take some time to repair the damage and no amount of apology may be able to justify the actions. Although the three players have been banned from playing international and state cricket, CA has urged the three players involved to take part in club cricket to maintain links with the cricket community.