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Smith wants to win back trust after return to home soil

The disgraced former Australia captain posted a message on Instagram.

Steve Smith has returned to Australia with a vow to win back the trust of the country following his part in the ball-tampering scandal.

Smith was sacked as captain and banned for a year when he, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft plotted to use sandpaper to gain an unfair advantage in a Test match against South Africa earlier this year.

The affair led to the departure of head coach Darren Lehmann and an intense period of soul-searching among the Australian cricket community.

Smith, as skipper, was at the eye of the storm, crowded by media as he returned from Cape Town to give a tearful press conference.

He is understood to have spent time in the United States since then, but announced he was back on home soil via an Instagram post. In the message he thanked those who had supported him and pledged to be worthy of it in future.

Alongside a picture of himself and fiancee Dani Willis, he wrote: “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.”

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