Ethics report slams Cricket Australia chiefs for ball-tampering scandal

Taylor defended the decision to appoint David Peever prior to the review being completed

Taylor defended the decision to appoint David Peever prior to the review being completed

Skipper Smith and his deputy Warner were slapped with a one-year worldwide ban while rookie Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months by Cricket Australia in March this year for their role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

ACA chief Dyer said that following the review of Cricket Australia's (CA) culture it's clear that cricket governing body was as much responsible for the events leading up to the ball-tampering incident earlier this year.

Then-captain Smith and his deputy Warner received a one-year ban from worldwide and state cricket while opening batsman Bancroft was suspended for nine months.

An independent report by the Ethics Centre has found that Cricket Australia (CA) Is "partly to blame" for the ball-tampering scandal which took place in March.

The Australian Cricketers' Association has called for Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft's bans to be lifted immediately, arguing new evidence must be taken into account.

"There was a full investigation, and that was the outcome", Peever said.

An independent review launched in the wake of the scandal painted a grim picture of Cricket Australia's culture and what led players to make such a frightful decision.

Smith, Warner and Bancroft have missed three Tests but the ACA's calls raise the possibility of them returning for the four-Test series against India, which begins in Adelaide on 6 December.

Fairfax cricket writer Jon Pierek said in the wake of the scandal that the Australian public were clamouring for their cricketers to drop the ugly behaviour and transform into players they could once again adore.

The release of two reports on Monday, following Smith, Warner and Bancroft's involvement in ball-tampering in South Africa, recommended an overhaul of team culture in the Aussie squad, as well as greater attention paid to compassion, respect, and players' mental wellbeing.

"My message to Cricket Australia is a simple one".

Then it's believed the players' association and CA could find a compromise whereby the strict 12-month penalties are relaxed to at least allow them to play domestic cricket competitions the Sheffield Shield and BBL.

CA has also been urged to conduct a major review of its high-performance unit - Howard is leaving next year - and encouraged to have anyone associated with the high-performance unit banned from taking part in industrial negotiations with players.

"They gave us a lot of feedback around that and that came through the overall Longstaff report", Nicholson said. "I'd like to see Mark Taylor stand up as chairman of Cricket Australia", he said. "Rather, it made the fateful mistake of enacting a program that would lead to "winning without counting the costs". Australians sweated on the outcome of the bitter pay dispute previous year.

With the findings of the independent review into the culture of Australian Cricket now out in the open, many have begun to ask questions as to why officials at Cricket Australia have seemed to escape any punishment.

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