Report condemns Cricket Australia's role in ball-tampering scandal

Cricket Australia reviews'confronting according to board member Mark Taylor

'Arrogant' Cricket Australia slammed in damning report

Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft should have their cheating bans slashed because they were put under too much pressure by administrators, the Australian Cricketers' Association said on Monday.

Malcolm Speed, James Sutherland's predecessor as chief executive of Cricket Australia, has called for the resignation of the chairman David Peever and his replacement by the former captain Mark Taylor as a signal for "dyed-in-the-wool cricket people" to take back control of the game from an increasingly corporatised Board of the governing body. New coach Justin Langer and test captain Tim Paine have begun to usher in cultural reform.

One of the 14 anonymous players proclaimed "CA doesn't show respect a lot of the time", citing being dropped by phone as an example.

Lehmann said the overcrowded and relentless worldwide schedule contributed to the feeling that the players were "commodities".

Former Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland who stepped down in June after a hard period for the sport. They revert to bully tactics or worse, ostracising! You just hope they get the right help, everyone gets the right help when they need it.

On-the-field sledging, which has been one of the major criticisms of the Australian team, was also inherent in the team's culture, with certain individuals asked to "play the mongrel".

Former cricketer Steve Waugh believes lack of strict action against those who altered the cricket ball in the past led to the massive ball-tampering scandal during Australias third Test of the four-match series against South Africa at New Lands in March.

ACA chief executive Alistair Nicholson argued the punishments were handed down without a proper understanding of the climate and culture in which the players erred.

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The investigations were led by the Ethics Centre's Simon Longstaff, who looked into Cricket Australia's culture, and by former Test batsman Rick McCosker, who examined the team's culture.

"You're never going to have a game of cricket played where opposition aren't going to speak to each other".

The review said the Cricket Australia leadership should accept responsibility "for its inadvertent (but foreseeable) failure to create and support a culture in which the will-to-win was balanced by an equal commitment to moral courage and ethical restraint".

"The ball-tampering incident. can be seen as an aberration".

It even alluded to the point at which the rot may have set in, when CA implemented recommendations from the 2011 Argus review commissioned to arrest the slide in the national team's performance.

The report may fuel calls for the three players' suspensions to be reduced, Australian media reported. They were disconnected from the "grounding influence of the community". "The other thing is there's indications in there around how negative feedback is not well taken [by CA] and in some cases players decided they didn't want to do it and referred through us, and we compiled an appropriate submission".

Dyer said that should convince decision makers to immediately lift the bans on the three stars.

"If you're a cricket body in charge of organising the game in Australia, surely you've got to be ahead of the game".

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