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Warner apologizes for his role in ball tampering controversy, issues statement

[caption id="attachment_55420" align="alignnone" width="580"]David Warner will be playing his 100th ODI in Bengaluru tomorrow. Image Source: ICC David Warner has apologized to his fans in a statement. Image Source: ICC[/caption]

Internet Desk: Australia opening batsman David Warner has finally broke his silence on the ball tampering row that rocked the entire cricket world. In a statement issued by the former Sunrisers Hyderabad captain, Warner apologized for his role in the ball tampering incident in Cape Town.  The former Australian vice captain has apologized for causing "distress" to cricket fans "in Australia and all over the world" after the ball-tampering incident. Warner along with Steve Smith was banned from all first class games by Cricket Australia, while Cameron Bancroft was handed 9 months ban.

In a statement Warner said:

"To Cricket fans in Australia and all over the world, I am currently on my way back to Sydney.”

“Mistakes have been made which have damaged cricket. I apologise for my part and take responsibility for it. I understand the distress it has caused the sport and its fans.”

“It's a stain on the game we all love and I have loved since I was a boy. I needed to take a deep breath and spend time with my family, friends and trusted advisers. You will hear from me in a few days."

Cricket Australia's own investigation confirmed Bancroft used sandpaper to damage the ball during the third Test against South Africa.

Australian captain Steve Smith also admitted that the Aussie "leadership group" had devised a plan to tamper with the ball.

Both Smith and Warner will not be considered for any team leadership positions for next two years, according to Cricket Australia.

Meanwhile Steve Smith is due to hold a press conference on his arrival at the Sydney International Airport.

All three cricketers have been sent home from South Africa.

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