Disgraced former Australia captain Steve Smith on Friday opened up for the first time nine months after the ball-tampering scandal. Months after a teary conference in March, Smith addressed the media at the Sydney Cricket Ground, admitting to a “leadership failure” on his part.
Revealing his part in the ball-tampering in South Africa in March, the 29-year-old said he had overheard a conversation about ball-tampering plan in the Newlands dressing room and had the opportunity to stop it but he didn’t do it.
“I walked past something and had the opportunity to stop it and I didn’t do
it and that was my leadership failure. It was the potential for something
to happen and it went on and happened out in the field.”
He said he could have stopped the plan, but he ignored it and walked away.
“I had the opportunity to stop it rather than say ‘I don’t want to know
anything about it.’ That was my failure of leadership for that and I
have taken responsibility for that.”
The South Africa - Australia series was clouded with controversies when Cameron Bancroft was caught by television cameras trying to alter the condition of the ball on the third day of the Cape Town Test.
Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned from playing international and domestic cricket until the end of March 2019, while Cameron Bancroft was suspended till December 30 2018.