David Warner could still return the Aussie team despite role in the ball-tampering scandal

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It's been almost 10 months since David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were involved in the scandal that rocked the cricket world when the Australians were embroiled in a ball-tampering scandal on their tour of South Africa in March.

The incident first came to light in the third test when Bancroft appeared to be using a small yellow object with the ball in hand, he was caught a second time, but umpires judged the ball to be OK. It was only after the post-match interview, and the proceeding five days that the extent of their cheating was uncovered.

Bancroft, the least experienced member of the trio, will be free to return to cricket on December 29 after his nine-month layoff and in a new interview with Adam Gilchrist released yesterday revealed that Warner was the ringleader behind the whole project.

"Dave (Warner) suggested to me to carry the action out on the ball given the situation we were in the game," Bancroft told Fox Sports.

"I didn't know any better because I just wanted to fit in and feel valued really. As simple as that." 

Australian captain at the time of the incident, Smith knew of the plot but did nothing to prevent it.

Bancroft's latest admission adds more damning evidence against Warner, but the CEO of Cricket Australia has backed the opening batsman for a return to the national team.

Speaking about the comments from Smith and Bancroft, Kevin Roberts told reporters:

"I don't know if it does [make it harder for Warner].

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"Our focus is to work with Dave, who I spoke to about three days ago, on his integration plan when he is eligible for selection again," according to Sky Sports.

"Our focus is on how we proactively look forward and work with the players, rather than be concerned with what has happened in the past."

Whether or not the trio will ever play for Australia again is yet to be seen, but all three are eligible to return by March.

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