Embattled Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft admitted that he panicked and subsequently lied in a South African press conference attempting to explain the ball tampering affair.
Bancroft, who has been banned for nine months alongside Steve Smith and David Warner (both 12 months) had initially told reporters in Cape Town that he used tape to rough up the ball’s surface during the third Test.
“I lied. I lied about the sandpaper. I panicked in that situation,” said Bancroft at another press conference in Perth on Thursday afternoon.
Bancroft said he has yet to determine whether he’ll appeal the ban, something that was foreshadowed in an earlier press release by the Australian Cricketers’ Association which savaged Cricket Australia’s handling of the matter.
“I will work with my manager and work through that,” he said.
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