Steve Smith says he has recovered from the backlash of the ball-tampering scandal.
The former Australia captain had faced extreme media attention and backlash from former players and pundits after his emotional press conference which saw him break down on live tv.
Smith did some travelling last month following the ball-tampering scandal in the South Africa Test series.
He took to social media to apologise when he returned to Australia.
It’s great to be back home in Australia. I have had some time away to come to terms with everything and now it’s time to get back into it. The amount of emails and letters I have received has been incredible and I have been extremely humbled by the enormous amount of support you have given me. I now have a lot to do to earn back your trust. To my Mum, Dad and Dani you have been my rock through this and I can’t thank you enough. Family is the most important thing in the world and I thank you for your love and support.
He chose not to appeal CA’s punishment which banned him from playing international and Australian domestic cricket for a year.
He was also banned from holding any official leadership position in Australian cricket for two years.
‘I would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country,’ Smith said in quotes on cricket.com.au.
‘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.’
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