Steve Smith has described the ball tampering controversy that’s seen him banned for a year as a “failure of leadership”.
Smith broke down as he fronted the media after touching down back in Sydney after being sent home from South Africa in disgrace.
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“As captain of the Australian cricket team, I take full responsibility,” he said.
“I made a serious error in judgement.
“It was a failure of leadership, my leadership.
“I will do everything I can to make up for my mistake and the damage it’s caused.
“If any good is to come from this it can be a lesson for others and I hope I can be a force for change.
“I know I’ll regret this for the rest of my life. I’m absolutely gutted.”