Steve Smith Posts Emotional Message On Instagram, Vows To 'Earn Back Trust'


Smith was the captain of the team, while Warner was his deputy when they asked Cameron Bancroft to use sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball.

Australian batsman David Warner is prepared to weather the hostility anticipated from South African crowds during February's T20I series.

Camera IconAustralia's David Warner, left, and teammate Steve Smith celebrate their seven wicket win over New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup final.

The former Australia captain, addressing the media after returning from South Africa, had broken down while speaking about his family and the pain he must have caused them due to his involvement in the biggest scandal to hit the sport in a long time. "It's just another one of those and I don't think it disturbs them a bit".

Meanwhile, Cricket South Africa's interim chief executive Jacques Faul has requested Proteas fans to "respect" Steve Smith and David Warner as the Australians return to the country for the first time since the ball-tampering scandal.

Smith silenced his Ashes hecklers with a mountain of runs to be named man of the series as Australia retained the urn in England for the first time since 2001, while Warner finished one run short of being the overall leading run-scorer in the preceding World Cup.

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"They probably play better when it's like this". They probably play better when it's like this. "As much as we appreciate support and you have to acknowledge the importance of people supporting these events I can only plead that people would treat players with respect".

"It's nothing we haven't experienced before. we'll be fine". Often when you do that, they end up being on your side after a couple of overs. "Ride the storm, follow the flow".

Learned that a year ago, during the one-day World Cup and the ashes, the two players were booed by English crowds.

"I would plead with South African fans to respect our opponents and don't go overboard with these things (referring to Smith and Warner)".

"There hasn't been a huge amount of risk-taking in our selections, so we've got confidence in the 14 guys in South Africa that potentially they can take us forward to the T20 World Cup". "We have a very strict policy regarding fan behavior and we will evacuate people, but the damage will be done". "It is embarrassing when it happens, for the stadium and national federations".