David Warner took responsibility for his involvement in Australia's ball tampering scandal but a glaring silence echoed louder than any apology he made.
A Cricket Australia review found Warner was the mastermind behind the plot to cheat, revealing he told Cameron Bancroft how to use sandpaper on the ball and even showed the 25-year-old how to do it.
There were suggestions Warner may have implicated more teammates in the scandal at today's press conference in Sydney so that he avoided being cast as the primary scapegoat.
However, he avoided all questions about whether more people were involved.
He regularly deflected when asked if other players or members of the Aussie camp were aware of what was going on, sticking to his script about only speaking up to accept responsibility for his role in the controversy.
"As I said, I'm here to take full responsibility for the part I played in this. It's extremely
regrettable. I'm very sorry. I really just want to move on from this," he said to one question, before repeating himself several times.
"You haven't answered the question," one journalist said after another indirect answer.
A reporter yelled out "Why won't you answer the question" as Warner left the room.
Later on Saturday afternoon Warner took to Twitter to outline why he constantly dodged questions about who else was involved.
Some cricket fans acknowledged Warner was on a hiding to nothing when asked whose idea it was to ball tamper and who was complicit in it.
Smith and Bancroft were both asked about Warner's involvement during their press conferences on Thursday night and both refused to throw him under the bus. They repeatedly said they had nobody else to blame but themselves and were intent on owning their mistakes.
Earlier on Saturday, former Aussie fast bowler Jeff Thomson said it would be "un-Australian" for Warner to dob in his teammates. If he dragged others into the mix it would look like he was shifting the blame and he would be crucified, but for keeping other people out of his confession and focusing only on his role, Warner copped a barrage of criticism.
He was in a no-win situation and has been judged far more harshly than Smith and Bancroft despite giving similar answers.
Warner fears his international career may be over because of his role in the scandal.
"In the back of my mind I suppose there is a tiny ray of hope that I may one day be given the privilege of playing for my country again, but I am resigned to the fact that that may never happen," he said.
Asked if retirement was an option, Warner said: "That's something that I will continue to sit down with my family and weigh up all my considerations before I make any decisions."
Warner cut short the press conference when asked if he was being singled out as the mastermind of the scandal.
"It's tough for me to talk about my thought space given the circumstances that happened in Durban but I am here to take full responsibility for my actions for what happened on day three at Newlands in Cape Town," he said.
"I'm extremely sorry and I really regret that."