Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Tearful Australia coach Lehmann quits over cheat scandal

Tearful Australia coach Lehmann quits over cheat scandal

Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann announced Thursday he would quit after the fourth and final test against South Africa, citing the emotional stress of the ball-tampering scandal.

Camera IconBanned Test cricketer Cameron Bancroft at his press conference in Perth on Thursday evening. "I'm sorry. I'm absolutely devastated". "They don't reflect on my values and who I've grown up to be and it's something that I'm really ashamed of and I'm so sorry for".

He broke down repeatedly during the press conference, particularly when he spoke of the effects on his parents.

"It was a failure of leadership, on my leadership".

"It's only fair that I make this decision", he said.

"I know I'll regret this for the rest of my life".

"All I can at this time is ask for forgiveness".

"As a result of last weekend's events in Cape Town involving members of the Australian men's cricket team and following the sanctions made by Cricket Australia, ASICS has terminated its sponsorship contracts with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, effective immediately", it said.

He said he will spend time with his family away from the spotlight before making any further announcement on his future. I'll do everything I can to make up for my mistake and the damage it's caused. I love the game of cricket and playing for my nation and my state. He added that he would speak out "in a few days".

His voice choking with emotion at a news conference on the eve of the Johannesburg test, the last of the four-match series against arch rivals South Africa, Lehmann said his decision to quit was tough but voluntary.

Bancroft was the first of three suspended Australian cricketers to face the media after arriving home from South Africa.

Almost 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) west, an emotional Bancroft apologized at Perth, Western Australia and said he will forever regret his role in the episode that resulted in 12-month bans for team leaders Smith and Warner and a nine-month ban for him.

For Australian cricket it is unacceptable.

Earlier today, Warner had stepped down as the captain of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad in the aftermath of the massive ball-tampering scandal.

Host South Africa leads the test series 2-1. The institution in a statement said it will continue to support women's, grassroots and indigenous cricket in partnership with Cricket Australia. Nearly simultaneously, sporting goods company ASICS announced it was ending its relationship with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, two of the players at the heart of the cheating incident.

"This will allow Cricket Australia to complete a full review into the culture of the team and allow them to implement changes to regain the trust of the Australian public". Electronics company LG on Wednesday said it would not renew its soon-to-expire deal with Warner.

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