Report condemns Cricket Australia's role in ball-tampering scandal

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

In short, Australia's cricket players "get it".

"Responsibility for that larger picture lies with CA and not just the players held directly responsible for the appalling incident at Newlands", said the review, which was released on Monday.

Cricket Australia will not reconsider reducing the ban on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft in the ball-tampering case despite a series against a full-strength India awaiting them next month.

Bancroft infamously hid the sandpaper down his pants when television cameras caught him scuffing the surface of the ball, and then captain Steve Smith's evasive answers at a press conference dragged his team further into the mire.

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. "Their resume will forever say they resigned their positions, it should instead read they were sacked for mismanagement and allowing things like bullying in a team environment".

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

"Given there is now independent verification that CA's system and culture were contributory factors, the ACA calls for the lifting of the board-imposed penalties on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft", added Dyer. There were multiple instances of disrespect than ran through CA.

He said they existed in a "gilded bubble" of privilege and wealth that left them isolated from everyday life and unable to keep their feet on the ground.

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"David is the first (chairman) to have come out of the corporate world rather than out of the cricket world and I think in this crisis that's what's shown here", Mr Speed told ABC radio.

CRICKET Australia's new chief executive Kevin Roberts has reaffirmed his commitment to working with the players despite a lacklustre response to the cultural survey. "The Australian public will forgive and move on and they have an opportunity to really be role models to kids going forward". "So the sanctions stand", said Peever.

Additionally, the report recommended that player behaviour be considered during team selection, stating that "selectors be required to take account of a player's character as well as their skills as a cricketer when making a selection".

The bans on Smith and Warner will be in effect till April 2019, while Bancroft's suspension ends in January.

Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) president Greg Dyer, perhaps the most vocal and consistent critic of the bans, declared the scathing report must prompt a rethink.

It has also been recommended that CA have voting for the Allan Border Medal take into account player behaviour and character and not just on-field performance, akin to the AFL's Brownlow Medal where suspended players can not claim the award.

"We're the lucky ones playing for Australia. We know what Australian cricket expects of us, and we'll be holding each other accountable".

"At the heart of this report is that cheating by members of the Australian team was as much about institutional failures of Cricket Australia as it was personal failures of a few players", said Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas, reporting from Sydney.

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