Cricket Australia takes a pounding for being 'arrogant and controlling'

Waugh called Australia's attempts to tamper with the ball using sandpaper as stupid

Waugh called Australia's attempts to tamper with the ball using sandpaper as stupid

The Australian Cricketer's Association has called for the bans handed to Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, and Steve Smith to be lifted immediately, following Cricket Australia's review into its culture. It was just something that people couldn't understand you know and it was a shock to all of Australia and we reacted accordingly.

It states that poor on-field and off-field behaviour was tolerated by CA, including abusive sledging of opponents and disrespect of umpires. Women's cricket remains unaffected.

The review said: "A culture of disrespect for the opposition, as seen in the common practice of abusive sledging, runs through Australian domestic and worldwide cricket, to a degree not practiced by other nations".

Former Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland who stepped down in June after a hard period for the sport.

The former ICC and CA chief executive was particularly concerned that Peever had described the South African ball tampering scandal as a hiccup.

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"Now, it's not a hiccup, it's much more than that, and my response to that was when I saw that interview and I saw that comment, I thought Australian cricket can do better in choosing its chairman and the game deserves better governance, the game deserves better leadership".

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. "Rather, it made the fateful mistake of enacting a program that would lead to "winning without counting the costs", the Longstaff report said.

ACA president Greg Dyer said: 'This is extremely significant, as there is now independent verification that the system and culture were contributing factors.

Symonds also declared that the Australian team lacked real leaders, something that had been a problem for years. CA has supported both recommendations.

Among many key findings is the identification of a set of "shadow values and principles" that outline the way CA actually operates, as opposed to the ideals expressed in the governing body's many codes and strategy documents.

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New Australian captain Tim Paine ans deputy Josh Hazlewood were the face of the pact as it was announced.

The review recommends that a player's character must be taken into account during the selection process.

The report also recommends changes to the role of co-captain, which it terms as being that of an "heir apparent" to the captaincy.

Speed suggested that former Australia test captain and Cricket Australia board member Mark Taylor would fit the bill as chairman in place of Peever. But, it is believed that the Western Suburbs players allowed Warner to return to the crease as they didn't want him to end his innings in such a way.

On Monday, the CA chairman, David Peever, said he accepted full responsibility for the ball-tampering scandal but he remained adamant he would not step down from his position.

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