Sydney - Former
Australia cricket vice-captain David Warner on Thursday said he will not
be challenging his 12-month ban for ball-tampering and would strive to
be a better team-mate and role model.
His decision, just hours before a deadline, followed a contrite Steve
Smith and Cameron Bancroft also accepting their sanctions on Wednesday.
Warner and Smith were last week suspended from international and
domestic cricket for a year, while opening batsman Bancroft was
exiled for nine months over the incident during the third Test in South
Africa that shocked the sport.
The trio had until late Thursday to tell Cricket Australia whether
they accepted their punishment or would opt for a hearing, as is their
"I have today let Cricket Australia know that I fully accept the sanctions imposed on me," Warner said on Twitter.
"I am truly sorry for my actions and will now do everything I can to be a better person, teammate and role model."
CA chief executive James Sutherland said late on Thursday the bans were "significant penalties" that were "not imposed lightly".
"The events of Cape Town have severely affected the game," he added.
"We know the players will return to playing the game they love, and
in doing so, we hope they rebuild their careers and regain the trust of
Like Smith and Bancroft, Warner had held a tearful press conference
on his return to Australia last week to accept responsibility for his
part in the scandal that also saw coach Darren Lehmann quit.
But he pointedly evaded questions about whether the ball-tampering
plot was his idea, whether it was the first time, who else was aware of
it and whether he had been made a scapegoat.
He had not commented further since taking to social media a day later
to confirm he was seeking advice on whether to challenge the ban.
Warner, 31, is seen as having the most at stake, admitting he was
"resigned to the fact" he may never play for Australia again after being
identified as the mastermind of the plan to use sandpaper to scratch
the surface of the ball.
Smith was charged with knowledge of the potential ball-altering plot,
but Warner was charged with developing it and instructing Bancroft to
carry it out.
Since the scandal erupted, Warner and Smith have both lost a
lucrative Indian Premier League contract and been dumped by sponsors.
The Australian Cricketers' Association on Tuesday called for the bans
to be reduced, arguing the punishment was disproportionate to previous
ACA president Greg Dyer also said the contrition expressed by players
had been "extraordinary" and should be taken into account, urging a
relaxation to allow the men to return to domestic action sooner.
With the World Cup and an Ashes series in 2019, supporters of the
players believe they need to be playing state cricket to be in the type
of form that could warrant selection.