Despite of all the controversy and ball-tampering issue, the Australian captain says that he will not stand down as captain but he is embarrassed for everything he and his side did.
In the heated press conference where Bancroft and Smith faced the press, the Aussie captain said: “No, I won’t be considering stepping down. I still think I’m the right person for the job. Obviously today was a big mistake on my behalf and on the leadership group’s behalf. But I take responsibility as the captain. I need to take control of the ship. This is certainly something I’m not proud of and something that I hope I can learn from and come back strong from.”
He added: “I am embarrassed that I’m sitting here talking about this. We’re in the middle of a great series and for something like this to overshadow the great cricket that’s been played and not have a single cricket question in here, that’s not what I’m about and not what the team’s about. We’ll move past this. It’s a big error in judgement but we’ll learn from it and move past it.”
Smith hopes he can take lesson from it and promises that this won’t happen ever again: “Hopefully we’ll learn something from it. I’m embarrassed. I know the boys in the sheds are embarrassed as well. I feel for ‘Cam’ as well. It’s not what we want to see in the game. It’s not what the Australian cricket team is about. Being the leader of the team I’m incredibly sorry for, I guess, trying to bring the game into disrepute the way that we did today.”
The skipper concluded: “I think, deep down, yeah, I would. It’s not what we’re about. It’s a poor reflection on everyone in that dressing room, particularly the leaders of the group. So, yeah, if we weren’t caught I’d still feel incredibly bad about it.”