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Australia ball-tampering scandal - who's saying what

2018-03-29 19:15
Steve smith crying over ball tampering scandal
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Johannesburg - Australia ball-tampering scandal - who's saying what on Twitter and at news conferences:

"I take full responsibility, I made a serious error of judgement and I understand the consequences. It was a failure of leadership."

- Disgraced skipper Steve Smith accepts his role in the ball tampering plot before breaking down in tears on arrival back in Sydney

READ: Sobbing Smith takes 'full responsibility' for ball-tampering scandal

"Mistakes have been made which have damaged cricket. I apologise for my part and take responsibility for it. It's a stain on the game we all love and I have loved since I was a boy."

- David Warner who was blamed for hatching the plot

"It is something I will regret for the rest of my life. All I can do in the short term is ask for forgiveness."

- Cameron Bancroft who was pictured using sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball

"This will be my last Test as head coach of the Australian cricket team. Saying goodbye to the players was the toughest thing I have ever had to do."

- A tearful Darren Lehmann announces he will quit the scandal-hit Australia team after the fourth and final Test of the ongoing series against South Africa in Johannesburg

READ: Devastated Lehmann remembers Phil Hughes

"My family and I have copped a lot of abuse over the last week and it's taken its toll."

- Lehmann explains a more personal factor behind his decision

- Smith's predecessor Michael Clarke's reaction to the captain's tearful press appearance in Sydney

- Ex-England batsman Kevin Pietersen offers a consoling word

- Former England batsman Mark Butcher echoing the thoughts of many

- Former England captain Michael Vaughan shows support for Smith and Bancroft but not Warner

- Ex-Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar, the fastest in the world, hails Smith's courage

- Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma hopes the trio can rebound into cricket

- Pietersen rounds off, with question marks over how no Australians bowlers seemingly knew of a plan designed to help them swing the ball when bowling

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