Smith breaks down as he apologized for his part in ball-tampering scandal

Smith breaks down as he apologized for his part in ball-tampering scandal
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Former Australia captain Steve Smith broke down in tears as he apologized for his part in the ball-tampering scandal.

Smith and batsmen David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have been banned by Cricket Australia for the incident in the third Test against South Africa.

"It was a failure of my leadership," said the 28-year-old at a news conference in Sydney.

Bancroft and Warner have also apologized for their actions.

Smith added: "I am deeply sorry, I love the game of cricket, I love kids wanting to play the great game of cricket that I love.

"Any time you think about making a questionable decision, think about affecting your parents.

"To see the way my old man has been, and my mum, it hurts. I just want to say I'm sorry for the pain I have brought to Australia and the fans and the public." APP/AFP

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