Steven Smith finally addressed the media after being handed a one-year ban from Cricket Australia for ball-tampering when he touched down in Sydney from South Africa. Smith was visibly emotional at the start of the conference, starting his statement handing out an apology for his role in the saga. Smith revealed that he made a big error in judgement and now understood fully the consequences which he was now facing. He also admitted that it was a big failure of his leadership skills as he began to choke up. Smith also confessed that cricket was the biggest love of his life, saying, “I will regret this for the rest of my life. I’m absolutely gutted. I hope in time I can earn back respect and forgiveness. Cricket is the greatest sport in the world. It’s been my life. I’m absolutely devastated.” He added that he had let everyone down, especially his parents when he completely broke down, leaving the journalists in the room and the sporting world as a whole stunned. Watch this emotional press conference of Steve Smith.