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Disgraced Australian Cricket Players Return Home, Face Much Criticism

The three cricket players from the Australian team returned home after they faced a shameful scandal that rocked the whole sports of cricket. Rookie fielder Cameron arrived in Perth last Thursday afternoon, addressing the media and taking responsibility for his own actions.

The media conference was featured by CNN Edition with him saying, “Yes, I lied. I lied about the sandpaper and I just panicked, I panicked in that situation and I’m very sorry. It’s my actions that I’m accountable for here. They don’t reflect my values and who I’ve grown up to be and it’s something that I’m really ashamed of and I’m sorry for it.”

Steve Smith, the team captain who was stripped of his title, also arrived on a separate flight at the Sydney Airport and addressed the media. He broke down many times during the press briefing stressing how it greatly affected his parents. He said, “Any time you think about making a questionable decision, think about who you’re affecting. You’re affecting your parents and to see the way my old man has been and my mom, it hurts.”

Former vice-captain David Warmer was stripped of his title for a lifetime posted a message of apology on his Twitter account. It read, “Mistakes have been made which have damaged cricket. I apologize for my part and take responsibility for it. I understand the distress this has caused the sport and its fans.” He also added that he will speak about the incident “in a few days.”

During the investigation, the Aussie trio admitted to scuffing the cricket ball so they can gain advantage over the South African team. The scandal has caused a backlash of inundation from all parts of the lives of the cricket players and the team including the termination of sponsor contracts, lengthy bans from other cricket leagues, and termination for the team’s three-year partnership with the Australian Stock Exchange.

Former Australian team coach John Buchanan also addressed the issue in a recent CNN Edition interview saying, “There’s a feeling in Australia this isn’t just a one-off incident. It’s been building over a long period of time and the culture between the team really needs to be addressed really seriously.”