Warner won’t challenge Cricket Australia ban
The 31-year-old can now begin the long road back to rebuilding his international career – which he acknowledged appeared doomed last week – his reputation and regaining the trust of not just the public but CA.
Although his relationship with CA’s directors is frayed, the board cannot block his path back to the national team, which is picked by selectors.
It’s understood Warner’s relationship with teammates, which hit the rocks last week in South Africa amid fears he had turned rogue, has improved in recent days and he has their support. But it’s unclear what relationship he has with Smith.
“I have today let Cricket Australia know that I fully accept the sanctions imposed on me. I am truly sorry for my actions and will now do everything I can to be a better person, teammate and role model,” Warner wrote on Twitter about 90 minutes before CA’s 5pm deadline.
There is still more to play out in the damaging scandal, which has already cost the jobs of the national coach, captain and vice-captain.
An announcement on who will head CA’s review into team culture is just days away. The review will also look at the board and management of the organisation.
The future of team performance boss Pat Howard, who signed a contract extension last year tying him to CA until 2019, is likely to come under the microscope though he is believed to have support on the board.
There is a view among senior CA figures that the major drivers of the team culture are the coach and captain.
CA chief James Sutherland will also be under pressure with the organisation, which is negotiating a new TV deal, having lost its Test sponsor Magellan one summer into a three-year contract.
“The events of Cape Town have severely affected the game,” Sutherland said.
“It has also been humbling to be reminded of the passion all Australians have for our great game.
“These are significant penalties for professional cricketers. They were not imposed lightly.
“We know the players will return to playing the game they love, and in doing so, we hope they rebuild their careers and regain the trust of fans.”
ACA boss Alistair Nicholson, who has been in constant contact with the banned trio, commended the players for their decisions.
“Immense character shown by the players – showing their respect for public outcry and their deep contrition,” Nicholson wrote on Twitter. “100 per cent support their very personal decisions. Work remains to ensure cultural reform, proportionality of penalties and fair process always.”
Andrew Wu writes on cricket and AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald
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