Bancroft follows Smith in accepting Cricket Australia's sanction for ball-tampering

Bancroft and Klinger playing for Western Australia. Image Getty

Bancroft and Klinger playing for Western Australia. Image Getty

Australia's opening batsman Cameron Bancroft says he'll do what he can to regain the trust of the Australian public following the ball-tampering scandal - and won't appeal his nine-month ban.

Smith, who has been suspended for a 12-month period, had earlier tweeted: "I would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country".

"I meant what I said about taking full responsibility", said Smith, 28.

Confirming that he will not be challenging the ban, Steve Smith tweeted, " I won't be challenging the sanctions.

Smith's punishment, along with Bancroft's, also involved a two-year ban on him holding a leadership position in the Australian team and 100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket.

ACA board member Janet Torney said it was important Warner, Smith and Bancroft had all the information they needed before responding to their sanctions.

The duo of Smith and Warner was also banned from the Indian Premier League, where they were captains for their respective franchises, Rajasthan Royals and SunRisers Hyderabad, in the aftermath of the incident.

Warner was also handed a 12-month ban, stripped of the vice-captaincy and told he will never hold a leadership role for Australia again.

The ICC banned Smith for one game and fined him his entire match fee, while Bancroft was fined 75% of his match fee and given three demerit points.

The incident in question took place during the third Test between South Africa and Australia, when TV cameras caught Bancroft using what was later found to be sandpaper on the ball. The opener admitted his wrongdoings after the end of day's play.

Last week, the CA CEO James Sutherland had said that as per the CA's code of conduct, all penalized players had the right to try and reduce their suspensions. With the World Cup and an Ashes series in 2019, supporters of the players believe they need to be playing state cricket to be in the type of form that could warrant selection. He has already accepted the sanctions and claims it will send a "strong message".

"I think Australia cried with Steve Smith last Thursday".

"We ask for this extraordinary contrition to be taken into account by Cricket Australia just as it would be in any fair and proper process".

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