David Warner has broken his silence in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked Australian cricket.
The disgraced former vice-captain wrote the following message on social media:
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 this has caused the sport and its fans.
Its a stain on the game we all love and I have loved since I was a boy.
I need to take a deep breath and spend time with my family, friends and trusted advisers. You will hear from me in a few days.
Warner was found to have been responsible for the "development of a plan to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball", and "instruction to a junior player to carry out a plan".
The 31-year-old was also charged with providing advice to a junior player on how to tamper with the ball "including demonstrating how it could be done".
Warner also misled the Newlands match officials by concealing his knowledge of and involvement in the plan and did not voluntarily report his involvement.
Warner will never again be considered for any leadership position, while Steve Smith (12-month ban) and Cameron Bancroft (nine months) must wait 12 months after serving their ban before they can be considered for a leadership role.
Any appointment would be conditional on form, stature in the playing group and, perhaps most importantly, acceptance by fans and the public. As confirmed by CA's Board on Tuesday, Tim Paine is the captain of the Test team.
The offending trio are banned from all international cricket and domestic cricket in Australia, but can still play and are encouraged to return to club level to help re-connect with the cricket community.
However, in the wake of being suspended, Smith and Warner have both had their Indian Premier League contracts torn up. The pair were each on $2.4 million contracts before the IPL banned them from the 2018 season.
Warner is due to land tonight in Sydney at 10:30pm, four hours later than Smith, who will hold a press conference shortly after landing. Bancroft is due to hold a press conference at the WACA Ground in Perth at around 6:30pm (AEDT).
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Australia squad: Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Matt Renshaw, Jhye Richardson, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc.
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