Ball-tampering report slams 'arrogant' Cricket Australia culture

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Dyer said a lack of trust was central to the lack of response from the players.

"In a release issued prior to the media conference, Dyer said: "...

Smith and Warner have both been suspended from representing the country and playing in the Sheffield Shield and Big Bash League for 12 months, while Bancroft was rubbed out for nine months.

- It went on, "Rather, it is an extreme example of a latent tendency growing out of the prevailing culture of men's cricket in Australia - especially (but not exclusively) at the elite level".

"These contrite men have suffered enough".

"Yes, this was a moment of madness but now there is evidence and independent verification of system failure as well". This is hugely significant...

"With this new information, common sense, common decency, basic fairness, proportionality and natural justice demand that the punishment is reduced", ACA President Greg Dyer told reporters in Melbourne.

"I add that the ACA will be relentless".

"Responsibility for that larger picture lies with CA and not just the players held directly responsible for the appalling incident at Newlands", the report says.

He said the players have been forced to cop "100 per cent" of the culpability over the cheating affair and that's "not fair".

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

CA chairman David Peever said the review provided an opportunity for the body to "look in the mirror".

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"Personally ... I witnessed those behaviours over a period of time and it was very clear on-field aggression was moving down a path that I personally wasn't comfortable with", he said.

"David Peever is lost", he wrote.

There were 48 current Australian cricketers asked to complete the survey - however only 14 players responded to Cricket Australia's request - suggesting an obvious "disconnect" between the organisation and its players.

In a damning 145-page report by Sydney firm the Ethics Centre on the culture of the Australian game, senior staff at CA were criticised for creating a "win without counting the costs culture" without taking into the spirit of cricket. "There's indications in there that negative feedback is not well taken and they referred it to us".

Editorial team of CricketCountry. If so, it has had the exact opposite effect, according to veteran cricket journalist Robert Craddock.

It said under such circumstances, the ball-tampering scandal was foreseeable but CA failed to act.

The dark cloud of the ball tampering scandal continues to hang over Australian cricket.

"Now the findings have come down they should be reviewing the sanctions on the three players".

Smith and Warner, who boast a combined 138 Tests of experience, are yet to speak publicly since returning home from the Caribbean Premier League more than a month ago.

The ACA - backed publicly by the players - wanted to maintain a shared revenue model while CA wanted to abandon it and introduce set salaries.

"Had there been a landslide of protest about their bans it could have really helped those two".

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