A broken man.
“To all of my teammates, fans of cricket all over the world and to all Australians who are disappointed and angry … I’m sorry,” he said.
“I’ll do everything I can to make up for my mistake and the damage it has caused.
“I’ve been so privileged and honoured to represent my country and captain the Australian cricket team.
“Cricket is the greatest game in the world, it’s been my life and I hope it can be again.
The 28-year-old then took questions from the press, and struggled to contain his emotions as he answered them, knowing what a defining moment this entire spectacle is in his career, and by extension, his life.
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Steve Smith has played cricket since he was a child, leaving school at 17 to pursue the sport professionally.
This week likely means more to him that many of us will ever know. His career, financial future, and reputation is at stake. But for one media representative present on Thursday night, that reality was very obviously missed.
As Smith looked towards the media, with an expression that looked to be a mix of terror, pain, and utter exhaustion, Intern Pete from the Kyle and Jackie O show took the opportunity to ask a question, which, to be fair, was actually a comment.