•Warner dodges key questions about cheating scandal
•Vows to do all he can to regain trust
•Admits his days of playing for Australia could well be over
•Says his priority now is to protect his family
•Took responsibility “for my part” in the incident
•Said what happened was inexcusable and he will pay for it for the rest of his life.
David Warner has defended his emotional apology over his part in cricket’s ball- tampering scandal after he refused to answer questions about the role he, or others, played in the affair.
The former Australian team vice-captain took to social media following his press conference to explain why he needed to follow Cricket Australia protocols.
“I know there are unanswered questions and lots of them. I completely understand. In time i will do my best to answer them all. But there is a formal CA process to follow,” Warner tweeted nearly two hours after a press conference that was widely criticised by cricket fans on Twitter.
Earlier he revealed he fears his international career could be over because of his role in cricket’s ball-tampering scandal.
“In the back of my mind I suppose there is a tiny ray of hope that I may one day be given the privilege of playing for my country again, but I am resigned to the fact that that may never play for Australia”
David Warner dodges key questions about scandal
Warner and axed captain Steve Smith received one-year suspensions for their role in the affair while batsman Cameron Bancroft has been banned for nine months.
Addressing the media for the first since Bancroft was caught tampering with the ball during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town last week, Warner said he took responsibility for his actions.
But he refused to say if he was the chief architect or if other teammates were involved in the decision to use sandpaper on the ball, frustrating reporters and a nation demanding answers.
“I am here to talk about the part I played in this. It’s inexcusable. I am sorry,” Warner said.
Asked if retirement was an option, Warner said: “That’s something that I will continue to sit down with my family and weigh up all my considerations before I make any decisions.” Warner cut short the press conference when asked if he was being singled out as the mastermind of the scandal.
He also failed to answer questions asking if anyone else but the banned trio knew of the cheating plot, or if he had ball tampered before.