When embattled members of the Australian cricket team – Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft – arrived home to Sydney airport last night after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, Australia watched on in anguish.
Former captain Smith faced the media in a harrowing interview in which he apologised for his “failure of leadership”. Bancroft, too, made public his apology for lying to a South African press conference about the cheating. The team’s former coach, Darren Lehmann, also announced his resignation through tears.
But Warner steered clear of the press room. His priority was his family. Alongside his wife Candice, and their two kids, they pushed their way through the crowd to the exit.
WATCH: “As you can understand it’s been a tough and emotional time for my wife and my kids at this present time.”
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) March 29, 2018
As they did so, Warner – who, like Smith, is suspended for 12 months; has been ordered to complete 100 hours of community service in grassroots cricket; and who will never again be considered for a leadership position in Australian cricket – told reporters this:
“As you can imagine it has been a tough and emotional time for my wife and the kids at this present time,” Warner said, News Corp reports.
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“You’ll hear from me in a couple of days. At the moment my priority is to get these kids in bed.”
He and Candice walked out the doors, she in tears beside him.
Watch Steve Smith’s emotional apology, from Sky News.
This isn’t the first time Warner’s addressed the saga – before arriving in Sydney he acknowledged his misconduct over social media, tweeting:
“To cricket fans in Australia and all over the world: I am currently on my way back to Sydney,” Warner wrote in his message on Twitter.
“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.”
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) March 29, 2018
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