Steve Smith 'humbled' by support, starts road to redemption

Bancroft was caught by TV cameras trying to tamper with the ball using sandpaper, triggering a dramatic series of events that led to the banning of the three players and coach Darren Lehmann standing down from his role.

There was pressure from the Prime Minister downwards on Cricket Australia to take definitive action and the board responded by stripping Smith of his captaincy and banning him from playing cricket for a year.

In a heart-felt post to his Instagram page on Friday, Smith poses for a picture with his fiancé, Dani.

'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, ' he wrote. He said "I look back on my career, the Mount Everest moment was 2004, when we finally beat India in India".

"To my Mum, Dad and Dani you have been my rock through this and I can't thank you enough".

"Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith literally, besides Mike Hussey, love the game more than anyone I know", Langer said. He happens to be the coach of the Australian Cricket Team and he has more responsibilities than he can imagine. "It's not just about how we play our cricket, it's about being good citizens and good Australians", he said.

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The man has a lot of targets to accomplish, the upcoming world cup in 2019 and the T20 world as well, to name a few but what strikes him the most is the upcoming Indian tour of Australia.

Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann has backed his successor Justin Langer to take the team on to big things. "The public will be disappointed if we don't play good, hard, competitive cricket", said Langer, dressed in a dark suit and tie alongside Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland. "AB [de Villiers] is one of them and he will be doing all he can to make sure he contributes as he always does". "This will be a really important message: if they are willing to meet the standards of the Australian cricket team, I think everyone has a place".

"I loved them and, and JL will love working with them".

"They all bring different attributes, but they are all such good professional athletes and as he'll already know they're so much fitter and stronger than any players from our era", Lehmann added.

Cricket Australia on Tuesday appointed an ethics guru to review the sport's culture in the wake of the scandal to ensure there is never a repeat. We get taught that since we were little children.

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