Steve Smith will not contest 12-month ban from Cricket Australia over ball-tampering scandal

The former Australia captain confirmed on Twitter he will accept his punishment

Former Australian cricket captain Steve Smith speaks to the media as his father, Peter, rests his hand on Steve's shoulder in Sydney, Thursday, March 29, 2018, after being sent home from South Africa following a ball tampering scandal. Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for 12 months while young batsman Cameron Bancroft received 9 months after an investigation into the Australian cricket team's cheating scandal identified Warner as the instigator of the ball tampering plan that unraveled in South Africa. (AP Photo/Steve Christo)
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Former Australia captain Steve Smith will not be appealing his year-long ban from the game.

Smith was banned along with vice-captain David Warner for their part in ball-tampering during the recent Test series in South Africa.

Batsman Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months following a Cricket Australia investigation which revealed he had used sandpaper to try to alter the condition of the ball during the third Test at Cape Town.


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There had been reports of a possible appeal by the players against the bans but Smith has said on Twitter he will not seek to have the sanction reduced.

Smith wrote on Twitter: "I would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country.

"But I meant what I said about taking full responsibility as captain of the team.

"I won't be challenging the sanctions. They've been imposed by CA to send a strong message and I have accepted them."

Australia went on to lose the match and the series 3-1.