Kallis shares his thoughts on the ball tampering scandal

David Warner with wife Candice and his daughters at Sydney airport on Thursday

David Warner with wife Candice and his daughters at Sydney airport on Thursday

Darren Lehmann said on Thursday he would step down as coach following this week's match against South Africa.

David Warner, who has been identified as the instigator of a ball-tampering scandal that rocked the cricket world, is set to hold a media conference at 1am United Kingdom time to discuss the controversy.

Both Smith and Warner are also delighted that their deceptive performances in the press conferences have paid dividends and that their bank accounts will see a big fat swell with the massive salaries from their IPL franchises soon coming their way. "I don't blame anyone, I'm the captain of the Australian team and I take responsibility for the actions that happened", said Smith. "I responded emotionally and regretted the way it played out, but I'll always stick up for my family", The Guardian quoted David Warner as saying.

Sportsmail revealed last week that Warner told England players that he had tampered with the ball during his side's 4-0 Ashes win - a report that may prove too incendiary for Cricket Australia to handle right now.

"I feel like it's all my fault and it's killing me - it's absolutely killing me", Candice broke down while giving an interview to the newspaper. Candice claimed that the entire Sonny Bill Williams fiasco took its toll on the game. The Australian Cricketers" Association has hit out at the disciplinary process calling the punishments "heavier than ICC regulations for ball tampering'.

"Let's make sure we get perspective and proportionality into this conversation, and I think a little bit of time to allow that to occur has probably given us all a slightly different perspective on the events in Cape Town".

"It was just something that I don't believe should have been said. He was protecting me as much as he could and protecting the girls (their daughters)".

Cricket Australia has also announced a review of team culture in the wake of the South Africa ball-tampering scandal and admired the Newzeland cricket team culture.

Australian trio Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft and David Warner are expected to launch legal actions this week. "He is hurting. He is serious, seriously struggling and he's not in a great headspace".

Cricket Australia declined to comment when contacted about Warner, but said players in general were entitled to access evidence that was related to them and a decision over what information was released was determined on a case-by-case basis.

Steve Smith and David Warner have until April 11 to decide whether they'll challenge their bans.

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