Ethics report slams Cricket Australia chiefs for ball-tampering scandal

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CA chairman David Peever insists there is nothing that will alter his board's hardline stance on Smith, Warner and Bancroft.

Tim Paine, who succeeded Smith as Test captain, said the players had adjusted their priorities.

Longstaff pointed to Australia's sledging culture as further evidence of the systemic faults in CA's approach.

"The most common description of CA is as arrogant and controlling".

Last night a Cricket NSW board meeting examined the damning document but is unlikely to call for Mr Peever to step down without knowing the views of the other states. Players feel that they are treated as commodities. "There is a feeling among some state and territory associations that they are patronized while sponsors believe their value is defined exclusively in transactional terms".

DARREN Lehmann has opened up on how his life crashed down around him after he fell on his sword as coach, and admits Cricket Australia could have done more to support him.

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"We have seen the ACA statement and note they will be making a submission to the CA Board in the next 48 hours", the CA spokesman said.

"At Cricket Australia our goal is to unite and inspire communities through cricket", he said. "It's not our cricket team, it's Australia's cricket team, and I think for a little while, we lost that".

"We've got start rebuilding the cricket team to start winning games for Australia and get a cricket team that Australia can be proud of". "Women's cricket remains unaffected".

The review also found the ball-tampering scandal was not an aberration and players were reluctant to challenge their team mates' behaviour.

ACA head Greg Dyer told a news conference that the trio had been punished enough. They were disconnected from the "grounding influence of the community". Players, asked to "play the mongrel", could become men they did not want to be as a result of this, the report added.

Only 29 per cent of the players contacted to complete Longstaff's survey actually responded, potentially contributing to a stark finding that the majority of survey respondents applauded Cricket Australia's ball-tampering bans as "exemplary".

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To coincide with the report's release, CA released a "players pact" calling on cricketers to respect the game's tradition and "make Australians proud".

Ian Chappell also claimed that the players paying for the mistakes of the administrators has been "the history of the game".

A simple set of words will guide the approach of the Australian cricketers this summer as they attempt win back fans.

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 worldwide teams.

"CA is already well advanced in some areas with more than half of the recommendations in development or already implemented before we commissioned the review", he said. It's been six months since South Africa. "Some of that has been hurtful saying the culture is not great, because it's not too bad".

CA's Pat Howard and Ian Roy completed a formal investigation into the sandpaper saga in two days.

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