Melbourne : Banned Test captain Steve Smith says he’s “come to terms” with the fallout from the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal and vowed to “earn back your trust”.
Smith has returned to Australia after an extended trip abroad as the prodigious batsman came to grips with the sanctions imposed on him by Cricket Australia for his involvement in the ball-tampering plot at Newlands in March.
The 28-year-old made a statement on his Instagram account on Friday afternoon alongside a picture of him, his fiancée Dani Willis and his dog Charlie.
Smith said he’s been overwhelmed by messages of support.
“It’s great to be back home in Australia,” Smith wrote. “I have had some time away to come to terms with everything and now it’s time to get back into it.”
“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.”
“I now have a lot to do to earn back your trust. To my Mum, Dad and Dani you have been my rock through this and I can’t thank you enough.”
“Family is the most important thing in the world and I thank you for your love and support.”