Haddin refutes 'arrogant' claim by culture review

Hope Soto
October 31, 2018

Smith and Warner were slapped with a one-year global ban while Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months by Cricket Australia in March this year for their role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

Particular focus is placed upon the fact that in neither the "How We Play" element of the most recent Australian Cricket Strategy, nor the former coach Darren Lehman " s blueprint "The Australian Way", is any reference made to the spirit of cricket or to respect for opponents and umpires. But Peever gets re-appointed as Chair last wk, 3 days before release of damning Longstaff Report? "Women's cricket remains unaffected", the review states in its executive summary. "So the sanctions stand", said Peever.

It has been a hard and confronting time for everyone involved in Australian Cricket, and for that I am sorry.

There's no doubt that the ball-tampering incident in South Africa was extremely regrettable and caused distress across our country.

The report proposes 42 recommendations in order to fix the state of Australian cricket.

In the wake of a scathing report about the actions of Cricket Australia in the run-up to the March "sandpaper" incident that rocked the sport, the players' union painted the three Test stars as victims of circumstance and said they should be free to take the field again at the top level.

The report states that in some cases players are required to "play the mongrel", with the risk of becoming that person. Tellingly, the CA Board has already declined a recommendation to publicise the Minutes of its regular meetings, with commercial-in-confidence information removed.

Tim Paine, who was promoted to team captain after the scandal, said he is not surprised by the report's findings.

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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.

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.

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 said on Tuesday that "the game deserves better leadership", calling for Mark Taylor to be elevated from his director's role to the chairmanship. The administrators make the mistake, the players cop the punishment.

"I know all involved, would have preferred that the events in South Africa didn't occur", Peever added.

It exposed a dark culture, also manifest in players' aggressive conduct toward opponents. Howard had been criticised for his involvement.

The sanctions were carried out and imposed by the board after a very full and thoughtful process.

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