Skipper’s dad: my son is not a cheat
THE father of shamed Test captain Steve Smith says his son is not a cheat, following Cricket Australia's decision to ban him from playing for his country for a year for his role in the ball-tampering affair.
"The investigation revealed my son is not cheat - what Steven did was a grave error of judgment," Peter Smith told The Daily Telegraph.
"He did the wrong thing but he had nothing to do with the planning and implementation of the ball-tampering.
"He admitted he did direct, yes, but he didn't cheat. He's very emotional, it's an emotional time for all of them, and I just want Steven home."
Mr Smith also said his son had suffered an unfair level of verbal abuse over the scandal.
"We've all felt it, him, it's been very, very tough for him, us - his parents - and his girlfriend, who is tucked away in a safe place to get away from the constant abuse," the chemist said.
"We're constantly on the phone to him and supporting where we can."
Smith's cricket-loving father spoke out from his home in Alfords Point as his son was still in the air flying back from Johannesburg with Cameron Bancroft ahead of their press conferences on Thursday night.
Vicious criticism levelled at the players and their partners peaked after Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland revealed just the three players were involved in ball-tampering.
The CA investigation revealed Smith was lying when he said Bancroft used yellow sticky tape in the plot hatched by Warner.
In fact it was sandpaper and Smith had instructed the junior player to hide the evidence.
"This is a terrible situation. There's a feeling of guilt and questions being asked by a lot of people as to why or how that could have happened," Sutherland said.
Smith and Warner have been banned from the sport for 12 months and Bancroft will sit out for nine.
All three will have to undertake 100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket.
They will be permitted to play club cricket.