Steven Smith © Getty Images
Steven Smith © Getty Images

What happened during Day Three of the recently-concluded third Test between Australia and South Africa, at Cape Town, is known to all by now. Australia  skipper, Steven Smith, opener Cameron Bancroft and vice-captain David Warner‘s plan of ball-tampering cost them, and Cricket Australia, heavily. After huge media attention and criticism, CA announced a one-year ban to Smith and Warner. Meanwhile, Bancroft is to serve a nine-month punishment. In addition, both Smith and Warner won’t be considered for Australia captaincy for the next two years.

Having been asked to leave South Africa mid way through the tour, Smith addressed the Australian media for the first time since the controversy. A dejected Smith openly accepted all the criticism thrown his way, and stated that ‘it was a serious error of judgement’ on his part to let this happen. When asked about his equation with Warner, Smith said that he shouldn’t have gone ahead with the plan, but doesn’t blame his teammate for the fiasco. Smith was comforted by his father several times in the media interaction as the 28-year-old broke down several times.

Twitteratti — usually the first ones for trolling — consoled Smith, and wished for a strong comeback from the Australian after his ban.

Smith felt “devastated” to see his parents, and country in such a spot following the ball-tampering incident. He ended by pointing out that he admires and loves the game of cricket, and would never repeat such a thing which tarnishes the image of the sport.