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Warner’s tweets after press conference leaves more questions

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Former Australia vice-captain David Warner apologised in tears Saturday for his role in ball-tampering but said he may appeal his 12-month ban in the latest emotional public appearance over the scandal.

A sobbing Warner said he realised he may never play for his country again.

But he stonewalled questions about who was aware of the plot and whether it was the first such incident within the team. Warner, 31, told a media conference in Sydney: “I can honestly say I have only wanted to bring glory to my country through playing cricket.

“In striving to do so I have made the decision which has had the opposite effect and it´s one that I will regret for as long as I live.”

Asked whether South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock’s remarks about his wife and other taunts from sections of the hostile crowds played a part in his decision to engage in ball tampering.

Australian cricketer David Warner and his wife Candice arrive at a press conference at the Sydney Cricket Ground. © PETER PARKS / AFP / Getty Images

“It’s tough for me to talk about where my thought space was on that day given the circumstances that happened in Durban but I’m here to take full responsibility of my actions of the part that I played on day three in Newlands, I am extremely sorry and I really, really regret it. It’s a decision that will stick with me for the rest of my life,” Warner said.

Warner’s 12-month ban has already cost him millions of dollars in lost sponsorships, match fees and a lucrative IPL contract. He broke down while speaking about the impact on his career prospects and his wife and two young daughters.

Warner, who struggled to control his emotions during his 10-minute media conference, apologised to both teams, their fans, Cricket Australia and his family, including his wife Candice who was also crying as she watched from the media seats.

A sobbing Candice Warner is comforted by her publicist Roxy Jacenko during the press conference.

But when asked for further details of the plot, such as whether it was his idea, who else was aware and whether it had happened before, he avoided the question.

“I am here today to accept my responsibility for my part and my involvement for what happened in Cape Town. It´s inexcusable, I am deeply sorry. I will do everything I can to earn back the respect of the Australian public” Warner said.

The 10-minute press conference at Cricket NSW headquarters was quickly cut short. Reaction was swift and not always sympathetic, with many pundits wondering who was advising him to keep quiet.

Warner said he took responsibility for his actions but he did not say if he was the chief architect or if other teammates were involved in the decision to use sandpaper on the ball, which made the ball less predictable for opposing batsmen. “I am here to talk about the part I played in this. It’s inexcusable. I am sorry,” Warner said.

Just hours after fronting the media, supported by his sobbing wife Candice and celebrity publicist Roxy Jacenko, Warner was forced to defend himself again on social media over the many “unanswered questions” that have failed to put the scandal to rest.

“I know there are unanswered questions and lots of them. I completely understand, In time I will do my best to answer them all. But there is a formal CA process to follow,”  Warner tweeted.

“I am taking advice to make sure I properly comply with that process and answer all questions in the proper place and at the proper time.”

“I should have mentioned that in my press conference I’m sorry for not making it clearer. With so much at stake for my family and cricket I have to follow this process properly. I think that’s fair.”

Asked if retirement was an option, Warner, 31, said: “That’s something that I will continue to sit down with my family and weigh up all my considerations before I make any decisions.” Warner, in saying he took responsibility for his actions, added: “To all Australians, whether you’re a cricket fan or not, I apologise for the impact those actions have had on our country’s reputation.

“I’ve only ever wanted to bring glory to my country through playing cricket. I failed in my responsibilities as vice-captain of the Australian cricket team.”

Warner’s tweets after press conference leaves more questions
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