CA chairman confirms Warner, Smith and Bancroft’s ban stands

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CA chairman confirms Warner, Smith and Bancroft’s ban stands

"Cricket Australia, under David Peever, has overseen the destruction of the (international) image of our national game".

"Let them play", Dyer said.

An emotional Steve Smith at Sydney Airport after the ball-tampering incident in South Africa.

The Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) called on Tuesday for the immediate lifting of lengthy bans imposed on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft after the release of a scathing report into the culture of Australian cricket.

'Given this, there must be a reconsideration of the harshness of the penalties handed down to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

He said: 'I think they should be back but it's up to the board to make that decision, not me.

The report may fuel calls for the three players' suspensions to be reduced, Australian media reported.

"I think the general feeling around Australia, certainly the people I talk to, is they want them playing again, at worst domestic cricket". But we know what's right, and we know what's wrong. I think the reflection of the public on how we behaved sat uncomfortably, but at the time - when you're out in the middle - we just got caught up in the heat of the battle a few times.

Australian cricket captain Tim Paine.

That's how Australian cricket's governing body has been described in a damning new report examining the sport's culture and running in the country.

"Instead, they are led to believe that their worth resides entirely in their capacity to meet CA's strategic and commercial goals to win matches and present a compelling product".

The report states that in some cases players are required to "play the mongrel", with the risk of becoming that person.

"The other thing that struck me is the direction that the selectors are now to take into account character when they're picking the Australian cricket team as well as ability". One of the points in the review which was found out was the men's cricket team had a mindset of "win at all costs".

"They gave us a lot of feedback around that and that came through the overall Longstaff report", Nicholson said.

At the same time, the ACA's president Greg Dyer indicated that relationships between the leaders of the two organisation had improved since last year's fractious pay dispute, even though he stated bluntly that much of the players' association's criticisms of CA over recent years had been fully backed up by the findings of Longstaff and McCosker.

"Mistakes have been made, lessons have been learnt, and changes are and will continue to take place".

A loss of recognition of the spirit of cricket is also demonstrated at the corporate level, as underlined by the use of the term "smashing the boundaries" in the "How We Play" element of the strategy.

However, it was pointed out CA had applied the recommendations from the Argus Review in 2011, established to address the team's then poor performance.

CA supports a recommendation that the role of vice-captain be "de-coupled" from that of "heir apparent" for the captaincy - a move made recently in the test and one-day global teams.

Rivals for role of captain should be given other leadership opportunities.

The report also critiques CA for its "consistent failure to hold players accountable" and "lack of appropriate sanctions", observing "incidence of verbal abuse extends beyond player behaviour".

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