Former Australia captain Steve Smith has revealed that he was in tears for four days following the ball-tampering scandal which saw him banned by Cricket Australia for one year, according to a report on ESPN.

Smith and David Warner were handed 12-month bans whilst Cameron Bancroft received a slightly more lenient punishment, but Smith admits that the media frenzy surrounding the issue had its toll on himself and his family.

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The incident is one of the biggest scandals in Australian cricket history and when Smith spoke about the incident, he was brutally honest.

He said:

To be honest, I probably spent four days in tears. I was really struggling mentally and I was really lucky that I had some close friends and family members that I could speak to at all hours of the day.

The people that I had supporting me through that whole time made a huge difference to the headspace I am in now.

Smith has since been playing in the Canadian T20 league and has been named in the Toronto Nationals’ squad for the Global T20 Canadian tournament.

Warner has also been participating in Canada for the Winnipeg Hawks as both players look to get their careers back on track.