Renewed calls for bans to be overturned

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

The independent review, commissioned after the Cape Town ball- tampering furore, highlighted Cricket Australia's "arrogant" culture and noted "responsibility for that larger picture lies with CA and not just the players held directly responsible for the appalling incident at Newlands".

He said the failure of the current players to mount a case in support of banned captain Steve Smith and ball-tampering architect David Warner through their surveys killed any chance of their suspensions being reviewed.

The report found Cricket Australia's administration also should have born the brunt of consequences relating to the ball tampering scandal against South Africa.

In a snapshot, this phrase captures the essence of cricket's independent review into the game's "arrogant", "bullying" and "dictatorial" culture and why debate over the sanctions handed down to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft is set to explode once more.

"This, we believe, is hugely significant".

With this new information common sense, common decency, basic fairness, proportionality and natural justice demand that the punishment is reduced.

STEVE Smith will expose the farcical nature of his year-long ban by heading off to play in the Arabian Desert on the same day as kick-off for Australia's showpiece Big Bash League.

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.

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Steven Smith and David Warner.

The players' union maintains the Longstaff report is "new evidence" but lawyers spoken to by Fairfax Media have questioned whether any link can be made between CA's head-office culture and players then using sandpaper in a bid to scuff a ball that was not reverse swinging as had been hoped.

"At Cricket Australia our objective is to unite and inspire communities through cricket", he said. We've got to make Australians proud.

Lehmann, who will be behind the microphone for Australia's first one-day global against South Africa in Perth on Sunday, said the governing body offered psychological support "but you could always have more, can't you?"

The ACA has made it clear its campaign is not being driven by the players. If they can play in Toronto or Trinidad, why not in Sydney?

Katich wants trio to complete their bans.


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

Of the stakeholders who responded, the majority said the sanctions were a positive demonstration of Cricket Australia's "Be Real" ethos and also in the important "Spirit of Cricket" category. Australians sweated on the outcome of the bitter pay dispute a year ago.

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