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After revelations of ball tampering in the Cape Town Test, Cricket Australia had imposed a one-year ban on Steve Smith along with not being eligible for a leadership position for another year after his return.

David Warner was also handed a suspension for 12 months by CA and sent back home prior to the fourth Test in Johannesburg along with Smith and Bancroft.

In addition to his suspension, Smith has been banned from captaining Australia for the next two years.

It's not yet known whether Warner will pursue the matter further, but Australian Cricketers' Association president Greg Dyer said on Tuesday that the bans imposed on the players were "disproportionate".

"I meant what I said about taking full responsibility as captain of the team".

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 tweeted.

Smith confirmed on Twitter a short time ago that he has accepted the sanctions handed to him by Cricket Australia officials, and will not launch any legal action in an attempt to shorten the length of them.

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Speaking at a press conference at Sydney Airport upon his arrival, Smith had said, "I want to, as captain of the Australian cricket team, I take full responsibility. Thank you to all those who have sent messages of support", the 25-year-old, the player who actually tampered with the ball, tweeted.

The other banned player David Warner and has not yet announced whether he too would accept his sanction, or take the matter to a hearing.

There is talk that Smith - who is banned from state and worldwide cricket for a year - may go and play County Cricket in England, with Surrey reportedly looking to take him on.

While Smith and Bancroft have professed their heartfelt regret for their parts in the scandal, Warner has been less forthcoming and drew the ire of the public when he failed the explicitly admit he devised the plan on his own accord.

Unlike Smith, Warner has been ruled out of ever captaining Australia again. With the World Cup and an Ashes series in 2019, supporters of the players believe they need to be playing state cricket to be in the type of form that could warrant selection.

Head coach Darren Lehmann, who was cleared of any wrongdoing, has stepped down from his role.