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Bancroft says sorry for lying in ball-tampering

Perth: "I lied...And I am sorry," said banned Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft as he pleaded for forgiveness for his role in the "devastating" ball-tampering scandal that led to a nine-month ban on him.
Bancroft, who was caught on camera pulling out sand paper to scruff up the ball during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town, said he is disappointed with himself.
"I want to say that I'm very sorry ... I'm very disappointed and I regret my actions ... It is something I will regret for the rest of my life," the opener stated. While Bancroft was suspended for nine months, captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for a year and also stripped of their leadership roles for plotting the entire episode.
"All I can do is ask for forgiveness ... I will do my best to contribute to the community," he added.
The 25-year-old had initially denied using sand paper on the ball and apologised for lying when the scandal broke out.
"I lied. I lied about the sandpaper. I panicked in that situation and I'm very sorry ... I feel I've let everyone down," Bancroft said.
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