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David Warner apologises for role in cricket ball-tampering scandal

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Former Australia vice-captain David Warner has apologised for his role in the ball-tampering crisis which has engulfed cricket, saying he has betrayed the trust of those who have supported and inspired his journey as a cricketer.

"To the fans and the lovers of the game, who have supported and inspired me on my journey as a cricketer, I want to sincerely apologise for betraying your trust in me," Warner said.

"I have let you down badly. I hope in time I can find a way to repay for all you have given me and possibly earn your respect again."

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The 31-year-old repeatedly said he was taking "full responsibility for my part" in the scandal, which saw Cameron Bancroft use sandpaper to rough the ball during the third Test in Cape Town.

"We let our country down. We made a bad decision. I played my part in that," Warner said.

"As I said it's going to take a long time to earn that respect back from the Australian public."

Warner has been suspended for 12 months by Cricket Australia and, speaking through tears, said he was resigned to the fact he may never play cricket for the national team again.

"Right now it is hard to know what comes next, but first and foremost ... is the wellbeing of my family," he said.

"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."

David Warner broke down during the press conference as he apologised for his role in ball-tampering © Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images David Warner broke down during the press conference as he apologised for his role in ball-tampering Warner refused to answer when asked multiple times whether anyone else was involved in the ball-tampering plot, or if he was the ringleader.

"I'm here today to accept my responsibility for my part, my involvement in what happened in Cape Town," he said.

"It's inexcusable. I'm deeply sorry. As I said, I will do everything I can to earn that respect back from the Australian public."

The scandal has also seen the suspension of captain Steve Smith (12 months) and Bancroft (nine months), while Australia coach Darren Lehmann will resign at the end of the current Test match in Johannesburg.

Warner played down any rifts the issue may have caused between himself and his teammates, especially with former captain Smith.

"We're mates. We have grown up with each other. We played on the field for a long time with each other," he said.

"It's going to be really tough not to be able to partake in the next 12 months, not just with the rest of the team, but with Steve and Cameron."

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