Cameron Bancroft says that David Warner asked him to tamper with the ball before the incident in the Cape Town Test that saw them both suspended.
However Bancroft didn’t shirk his own responsibility in the affair, saying that his own values also played a big role in the incident.
“Dave (Warner) suggested to me to carry the action out on the ball given the situation we were in the game and I didn’t know any better,” Bancroft said in an interview with Adam Gilchrist on Fox Cricket.
“I didn’t know any better because I just wanted to fit in and feel valued really, as simple as that.
“The decision was based around my values, what I valued at the time and I valued fitting in… you hope that fitting in earns you respect and with that, I guess, there came a pretty big cost for the mistake.”
Bancroft made it clear that he has no one to blame but himself, however.
“I take no other responsibility but the responsibility I have on myself and my own actions because I am not a victim,” he said.
“I had a choice and I made a massive mistake and that is what is in my control.”
Bancroft was suspended for nine months for his role in the scandal, with Warner and captain Steve Smith handed 12 month bans.
Bancroft will be eligible for selection again on the 29th of December.
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