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Smith and Bancroft will not appeal bans following ball tampering scandal

By David Clough

Former Australia captain Steve Smith and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft will not be appealing against their bans from the game.

Smith was banned for 12 months along with vice-captain David Warner for their part in ball-tampering during the recent Test series in South Africa.

Bancroft, meanwhile, 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 in Cape Town.

There had been reports of a possible appeal by the players against the bans, but both Smith and Bancroft said on Twitter they will not seek to have the sanctions 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."

And Bancroft tweeted: "Today I lodged the paperwork with Cricket Australia and will be accepting the sanction handed down.

"I would love to put this behind me and will do whatever it takes to earn back the trust of the Australian public."

Warner has yet to comment on whether he will challenge his ban.

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