Cameron Bancroft was in the line of fire after he was caught on cameras trying to tamper with the ball using a sandpaper during the third Test between South Africa and Australia earlier this year in March.
What followed was chaos and shame for Australian cricket. Then Australian skipper Steven Smith and vice-captain David Warner were also found to be involved in the scandal, and hefty sanctions followed.
In a need to make a statement that cheating is unpardonable, Cricket Australia handed one-year bans to Smith and Warner, while Bancroft was given a nine-month ban. Though, it was yet to be clear that who took the call to tamper with the ball.
But now, the culprit behind the scandal has been revealed, and Bancroft is the one to open up about it. The Australian opener has revealed that it was Warner who had given the idea to use sandpaper and tamper with the ball.
"Dave suggested to me to carry the action out on the ball given the situation we were in the game and I didn't know any better. I didn't know any better because I just wanted to fit in and feel valued really. As simple as that. he decision was based around my values, what I valued at the time, and I valued fitting in ... you hope that fitting in earns you respect and with that, I guess, there came a pretty big cost for the mistake," he said.
A few days back, Smith also spoke up about the controversy, his first comments since he admitted the crime and offered an apology in a press conference. The former Aussie skipper stated that he knew something was transpiring in the dressing room, but he chose to walk away without acting against it.
"In the room I walked past something and had the opportunity to stop it and I didn't do it. It went out and happened on the field. I had the opportunity to stop it rather than say I didn't want to know anything about it. That was my failure of leadership for that and I have taken responsibility for that," Smith added.