Warner joins Smith, Bancroft in `fully accepting` ball-tampering sanction

Melbourne : Following the footsteps of Australian skipper Steve Smith and batsman Cameron Bancroft, former Australian vice-captain David Warner has too accepted his 12-month suspension imposed by Cricket Australia for his involvement in massive ball-tampering scandal.

Announcing the same, Warner took to his Twitter account and said that he `fully accepts` the sanction levelled on him before once again issuing apology for his wrongdoings.

“I have today let Cricket Australia know that I fully accept the sanctions imposed on me. I am truly sorry for my actions and will now do everything I can to be a better person, teammate and role model,” he tweeted.

Earlier, former skipper Smith and Bancroft had confirmed they were not going to appeal against their suspension from international and domestic cricket imposed on them by Cricket Australia for their role in an attempt to scuff the ball during the third Test of the recently-concluded four-match series against South Africa, which the hosts went on to win by 3-1.

However, there was earlier uncertainty over how Warner would respond to his ban and the prospect of never again holding any leadership role within the national team for the remainder of his playing career, cricket.com.au reported.

The opener, however, is free to play Premier Cricket as well in overseas domestic competitions, subject to a No Objection Certificate (NoC) granted by Cricket Australia.

The three erring cricketers were earlier given time till April 11 to decide whether to appeal against the Cricket Australia penalties or not.(ANI)