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David Warner accepts Cricket Australia's sanctions over ball tampering scandal

06 April 2018

The Australian Cricketers" Association has called the sanctions against Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft "disproportionate' for ball-tampering and urged Cricket Australia to reconsider the punishment.

So when coach Ricky Ponting finally spoke to the media before the team departed for its IPL opener, the former Australia captain could only grin when he was asked about the recent ball-tampering incident involving the Australians during the South Africa Test series.

Australian cricketer David Warner has accepted Cricket Australia's 12-month ban that was imposed on him.

Earlier on Wednesday, Smith had tweeted, "I would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country".

Dyer said CA should also take into consideration the decision to let Smith and Bancroft front the media at the end of the day's play at Newlands after the latter was caught by television cameras stuffing the sandpaper down the front of his pants.

Writing on Twitter he added: "I won't be challenging the sanctions. They were not imposed lightly", CA CEO James Sutherland said in a statement.

An investigation by Cricket Australia found Smith, Warner and Bancroft where the only players who knew of the plan, and that Warner was the driving force behind it. "I would love to put this behind me and will do whatever it takes to earn back the trust of the Australian public", he wrote. "The distressed faces have sent a message across the world as effective as any sanction could be".

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All three have now accepted the sanctions handed down by Cricket Australia.

TEAM selector Mark Waugh is keen to see Australian cricket's banned Test trio wear the Baggy Green again and says the team's maligned culture is no different to past eras.

Smith and Bancroft decided not to appeal against their suspensions and Warner followed suit on Thursday, tweeting that he accepts CA's punishment.

Warner made his announcement just more than an hour before the deadline CA had set for appeals‚ and a day after co-conspirators Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft said they would not challenge their sentences. The most expensive fine has been 100% of a match fee.

"The informed conclusion is that as right as the motivation is, the proposed penalties are disproportionate relevant to precedent".

Now in India as the head coach of Delhi Daredevils ahead of the Indian Premier League starting on April 7, Ponting said, "As you know, this is the first time I have actually answered questions on what happened in South Africa".

He had appeared in a press conference last week and apologised for his role in the ball-tampering scam.

David Warner accepts Cricket Australia's sanctions over ball tampering scandal