'I panicked, I lied': Bancroft Arrives Back In Perth
Cameron Bancroft is back in Perth after being sent home over the ball-tampering scandal.
A short time ago the disgraced cricketer admitted he panicked and subsequently lied in a press conference while attempting to explain the fiasco.
Bancroft, 25, who has been banned for nine months alongside Steve Smith and David Warner (both 12 months) had initially told reporters in Cape Town that he used tape to rough up the ball's surface.
"I lied. I lied about the sandpaper. I panicked in that situation," said Bancroft at another press conference in Perth on Thursday afternoon.
Bancroft said he has yet to determine whether he'll appeal the ban, something that was foreshadowed in an earlier press release by the Australian Cricketers' Association which savaged Cricket Australia's handling of the matter.
"I will work with my manager and work through that," he said.
Bancroft refused to discuss Warner - who had orchestrated the ball tampering - but went on to re-iterate deep regret for his own actions.
"It is something I will regret for the rest of my life," he said.
"All I can do is ask for forgiveness ... I will do my best to contribute to the community.
"I have never ever been involved in tampering with the ball (before now) and it clearly compromises my values and what I stand for as a player and as a person."
He said the toughest thing was knowing that he
"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," Bancroft said.
Earlier, Warner broke his silence earlier on Thursday, tweeting a statement
Smith, who had a squeaky-clean image up until his life-changing decision on Saturday, will be barred from captaining his country for a further 12 months after the one-year playing suspension ends.
CA's board has determined Warner, who has fallen out with teammates over the ball-tampering saga, will never hold another leadership position again.
Darren Lehmann remains coach, with CA's investigation team finding that no coach or member of support staff knew of the ball-tampering ploy.
- with AAP