Cricket Australia branded as 'arrogant' by review

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ACA chief Dyer said that following the review of Cricket Australia's (CA) culture it's clear that cricket governing body was as much responsible for the events leading up to the ball-tampering incident earlier this year.

Smith, captain at the time, and Warner, his vice-captain, are seven months into one-year bans, while Bancroft, who carried out the cheating in South Africa, will be eligible to return in December.

The 145-page review also said that Cricket Australia's top brass need to take the fair share of the responsibility "for the circumstances that gave rise to the ball-tampering incident. not as a matter of direct, personal culpability but as a demonstration of responsible leadership and accountability".

"I also make some further comments on the harshness of penalties handed down to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft", Dyer said in a media release issued prior to today's press conference.

"With this new information, common sense, common decency, basic fairness, proportionality, which we've talked about from the outset, and natural justice demand that the punishment is reduced".

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CA chairman David Peever, re-elected for three years only last Thursday, deflected questions about his own future on Monday.

There is a feeling around the game that the only way Cricket Australia will bend on their current opposition to lessening the ball-tampering suspensions is if Chairman David Peever is ousted by the State boards, who would have to summon the courage to rise up against him. "Rather, it made the fateful mistake of enacting a program that would lead to "winning without counting the costs", the Longstaff report said.

Waugh said Australia's internal system was such that the players had lost touch with reality, thinking they are larger than the sport.

Smith, Warner and Bancroft are the only players named in the report.

Words such as arrogant, dictatorial, controlling, disrespectful, and hypocritical were used to describe the culture that festered within Australian cricket.

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The former head of the Australian Cricket Board and International Cricket Council, Malcolm Speed, has called for new blood at the head of Australian cricket's governing body. "And so the sanctions stand, as I said several weeks ago".

Greg Dyer and the ACA have blasted Cricket Australia.

Little has been publicly reported, but Smith, Warner and Lehmann have all experienced dark times over the past few months and are still working their way through their mental demons as they deal with the sudden and brutal nature of how their lives changed forever back in March.

The vanquished coach denies overseeing a culture where his players abused team staff and doesn't agree game plans and strategies focused on Warner being an attack dog for the Australian team.

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