Warner asked me to tamper with ball, says Bancroft

New interview: Bancroft lays blame squarely on Warner for Sandpaper Scandal

New interview: Bancroft lays blame squarely on Warner for Sandpaper Scandal

Howard and CA's former integrity chief Iain Roy found that David Warner was the architect of the illegal ploy, and that nobody outside Warner, Smith and Cameron Bancroft knew of the one-off plan to alter the ball with sandpaper.

"Dave (Warner) suggested to me to carry the action out on the ball given the situation we were in in the game and I didn't know any better", Bancroft told Gilchrist, as reported exclusively by Fox Sports. "The pressures that go with captaincy - he would be able to talk about the pressures that go with captaining your country more than I could - and Steven just chose to turn a blind eye", Lehmann said on Macquarie Radio.

"For me that was a little bit disappointing".

Steve Smith said, "We made a poor choice".

Later, Bancroft and skipper Steve Smith admitted tampering of a ball during the third day of the third Test against South Africa. I remember James Sutherland and Pat Howard coming into the dressing room there and actually saying we don't pay you to play, we pay you to win.

If those dates are confirmed, it could see the banned duo return to the Australian team within 48 hours of their suspension lifting and the five matches could be valuable for Justin Langer to refine the reintegration of the players ahead of the World Cup. I would have gone to bed and I would have felt like I had let everybody down. At the time it didn't feel OK but, sort of helped me get through or weather the storm, I guess, initially and get through that hard moment at the start.

Last week, Smith also opened up as he begins to re-emerge into public life, distancing himself from the plot, while admitting he failed as a captain by turning a blind eye.

Cricket Australia's most powerful figures have started discussions regarding Steve Smith and David Warner's reintegration, with a pair of ODIs against Pakistan looming large. "We don't go out there to try and lose games of cricket, we go out there to try and win and play the best way we can", he said. Just like you're going to forgive yourself.

"I take no other responsibility but the responsibility I have on myself and my own actions because I am not a victim".

Bancroft claims he did what Warner told him because he wanted to fit in.

"Talking about cultures and stuff you only have to look back a couple of months before South Africa, were we won the Ashes series 4-0 in Australia and people were saying that the culture was really good, and everything was really good".

Bancroft is likely to play for the Scorchers against Hobart in their BBL clash on December 30.

Smith also said he isn't harbouring ambitions of leading the national side immediately after his return from suspension in April.

"Until you are able to acknowledge that you are Cameron Bancroft, the person who plays cricket as a profession, and not Cameron Bancroft the cricketer, you will not be able to move forward".

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