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All I wanted to do was to be responsible and accountable for my own actions and part: Bancroft

All I wanted to do was to be responsible and accountable for my own actions and part: Bancroft

Cameron Bancroft, one of the central figures in Australia's ball-tampering saga that unfurled during the Newlands Test in 2018, indicated that bowlers, apart from Steven Smith, David Warner and himself, were aware about altering the condition of the ball and added it was 'self explanatory'.

The 28-year-old, who is currently in England playing for Durham in the County Championship, spoke to The Guardian saying, "Yeah, look, all I wanted to do was to be responsible and accountable for my own actions and part. Yeah, obviously what I did benefits bowlers and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory."

"I guess one thing I learnt through the journey and being responsible is that's where the buck stops [with Bancroft himself]. Had I had better awareness I would have made a much better decision."

When asked further about whether the bowlers had knowledge of the ball tampering tactics, he replied: "Uh... yeah, look, I think, yeah, I think it's pretty probably self-explanatory."

Bancroft was banned for nine months by Cricket Australia (CA) for his involvement, while Smith and Warner faced a year out of the team. Darren Lehmann, who was the coach during the Cape Town fiasco, stepped down soon after.

During that period, CA's chief executive Kevin Roberts had called for anyone with further proof of the incident to come forward and also set up an 'integrity hotline', but there were no other reports, apart from the investigation conducted by CA's head of integrity Iain Roy.

"If they've got any concerns about ball-tampering or any concerns about any integrity issue in the game, we've invited them to report that through our anonymous integrity hotline or through other means that are available to them," Roberts had said.

"We haven't had any such reports, so we won't jump at shadows, but if anyone does report concerns about any integrity matter prior to ball-tampering or whatever it may be, we're serious about addressing that, and we have a process to address it.

"Certainly the investigation needed to be conducted swiftly, we needed to fulfil our commitment to field a team against South Africa the following week, and we didn't know whether we'd need to fly 11 new players in to fill that team or no new players. The ultimate answer was somewhere in between. So the investigation was absolutely fit for purpose, but we haven't rested on those laurels. We've made repeated and extensive invitations to anyone to report any integrity matters or concerns about ball-tampering ever since," he added.