Smith opts not to appeal against Cricket Australia ban

Steve Smith has confirmed that he will not appeal against the 12-month ban imposed upon him by Cricket Australia (CA) for his role in the ball-tampering scandal in the third Test versus South Africa.

The Australian Cricketers' Association had said CA should reconsider the "disproportionate" bans.

"I meant what I said about taking full responsibility," said Smith, 28.

Writing on Twitter he added: "I won't be challenging the sanctions. They've been imposed by CA to send a strong message and I have accepted them".

Smith, Warner and Bancroft were sent home from the tour after the third Test and apologised for their actions.

Head coach Darren Lehmann, who was cleared of any involvement in the incident, stepped down from his role after the final Test against South Africa on Tuesday.

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