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Ball-tampering scandal: Ethics Centre to conduct Cricket Australia review

02 May, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Samuel Sharp
  • Distraught Australian cricketer Steve Smith accepted full responsibility for a ball-tampering scandal saying he was devastated by his

Former test player Rick McCosker will run a separate player review into the culture of the Test team and lead a panel to consider a behavioral charter for Australian teams which seeks to balance the public expectations of top representative cricketers with the performance demands of elite sport.

The Ethics Centre led a review into the culture at the Australian Olympic Committee a year ago after multiple allegations of bullying rocked the organisation.

Both reviews will start immediately and Cricket Australia hope that the process will be completed before the worldwide season begins in late September.

Australia's wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade has reignited the debate over whether or not the Aussies should adopt the nice-guy approach in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal as he cautioned that Australians would lose its aggressive brand of cricket should they start playing like soft-centred New Zealand.

David Warner has been one of the stalwarts of Australian cricket, who has been pivotal to a number of Aussie triumphs in all three formats of the game.

The review, promised by Sutherland upon the lengthy suspensions of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, will investigate any cultural, organisational or governance issues within CA and the sport and if there are links to that and player behaviour.

"We understand and share the disappointment of fans and the broader Australian community about these events (in South Africa)", CA chairman David Peever said in a statement.

'The board is determined to do all we can to prevent such events from ever happening again.

The Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA), which represents players, said it was encouraged that the review took on board most its proposals in its terms of reference.

The behaviour of the national team had come under fire before the ball tampering drama at Newlands brought the issue to a head.

Coach Darren Lehmann also resigned amid criticism he allowed a win-at-all-costs attitude to flourish that gave rise to the cheating scandal. All of the reports were that he led the team with aplomb.

"I haven't thought about (resigning) and I really see the responsibility I have to push through this and deal with the situation", he said. However, Sutherland offered some hope for the 31-year-old, who has scored 21 centuries in 74 Tests, with the CA boss declaring the banned trio "deserves their chance and their own personal redemption story".

In the aftermath of these two scuffles, many in Australian cricket circles urged for wholesome changes in the team's characteristics.

"This is an opportunity for the game to get better and it will be better through this".


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