Australia coach Lehmann to quit after South Africa series

"As captain of the Australian cricket team, I take full responsibility". Earlier in the day, former Australian Captain Steve Smith suffered a major break down while addressing a press conference.

Apologies also came in from Warner, declared the chief plotter, and Bancroft, the man who was entrusted the job of tampering the ball with a sand paper.

Both Smith and Warner have stood down from their leadership positions in the IPL, and it has been reported that Smith won't play in the competition all together. Warner had captained the side from 2015 and had taken them to the title in 2016.

Good evening, thanks for coming. I know I'll regret this for the rest of my life, I'm absolutely gutted. "I need to change", he said.

Smith and his deputy Warner were slapped with similar bans for their role in the incident.

Cameron Bancroft, who was caught on camera using tape to alter the condition on the ball, has reportedly been banned for nine months.

Warner and Smith have also been banned from taking part in this year's Indian Premier League.

"I want to also apologise to Cricket South Africa and South African fans that this issue has overshadowed what should have been a great series". I understand the distress this has caused to the sport and its fans.

LG said on Wednesday the company would not be giving 31-year-old Warner a new deal. "I have been speaking to the hierarchy in the last couple of days", he added. I panicked in that situation and I'm very sorry.

"I feel like I've let everyone down in Australia, and I'm not proud of that". I hope in time I can earn back respect and forgiveness. I have been so privileged and honoured to captain the Australian cricket team.

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The bans would still enable all three guilty parties to play in next year's Cricket World Cup in England which starts on May 30. "I hope that in all this, the media and the fans don't forget that", Lehmann told the mediapersons. "I'm sorry and I'm absolutely devastated." .

Lehmann said that everyone should remember that each one of us have made mistakes in our life. This is the first time I've seen this happened.

"To my knowledge, this has never happened".

He said "what are you blokes doing?"

"I don't blame anyone".

"My family and I have copped a lot of abuse over the last week and it's taken its toll", added Lehmann.

Before being escorted out, Smith hoped that his fate serves as a warning to anybody trying to attempt wrongdoing on the field.

"Any time you think about making a questionable decision, think about who you're affecting". I can't remember what I was saying.

The final Test of the series against South Africa kicks off on Friday. "People know I worked so hard to get to this point in my career and to have given up that chance for free is devastating", he said.

Having travelled on the team plane from Cape Town, I was in one of those awkward situations where I wanted to say something to Steve Smith but whatever I said, it wasn't going to go the right way.

  • Tabitha Byrd