Andrew Bogut takes aim at Cricket Australia administrators after cultural review

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

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

Skipper Smith and his deputy Warner were slapped with a one-year worldwide ban while rookie 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. "We now need a strong board with a commitment to a way of being that is unimpeachable, that we can be proud of", while an unnamed CA staff member said "we are obsessed with being No.1 but it's fool's gold".

"So the sanctions stand", said CA Chairman David Peever.

The independent review by the Sydney-based Ethics Centre accused Cricket Australia (CA) of only paying lip service to the spirit of the game, leaving players without moral guidance.

Australian basketball star Andrew Bogut has taken aim at Cricket Australia's administrators after the release of a cultural review undertaken by The Ethics Centre.

He backed Justin Langer as Australia coach following the resignation of Darren Lehmann after the cheating saga erupted in South Africa earlier this year. It had rejected one proposal that would excuse players from taking part in T20 cricket.

The report, commissioned by CA after the ball-tampering affair, noted "responsibility for that larger picture lies with CA and not just the players held directly responsible for the appalling incident at Newlands". "Women's cricket remains unaffected".

Longstaff pointed to Australia's sledging culture as further evidence of the systemic faults in CA's approach.

In a written response, CA says it will review its selection responsibilities in response to this.

As quoted by Fox Sports Australia, the review reports found that, "There were frequent comments noting the enormous pressure on players always to win and the unacceptability of anything less than in all forms of the game".

"We have spoken with players who are reluctant to challenge the errant behavior of teammates just in case it puts them off their game and leads to a loss".

Smith, Warner and Bancroft are the only players named in the report. They were disconnected from the "grounding influence of the community". CA has supported both recommendations.

The board rejected a recommendation that Australia's elite players stop playing global Twenty20 cricket.

He said: "At Cricket Australia our objective is to unite and inspire communities through cricket".

However, most of the respondents who mention bullying do so with a sense of dismay - seeing it at work on the field [abusive sledging], internally at CA and in the tactics employed when negotiating commercial outcomes.

'We now have new information and that should be taken into account, ' Mr Nicholson said.

Marsh's last involvement with CA was as chairman of selectors, but he resigned in 2016 after a series defeat at home to South Africa.

"With the exception of CA's own Board and its senior executives, the broad consensus among stakeholders is that CA does not consistently "live" its values and principles", the review states.

Almost 470 people were consulted for the review, which has produced more than 40 recommendations and seen the creation of a "players' pact" which aims to restore faith in the national team.

The review recommends that players penalised for poor on-field behaviour should not be eligible as recipients for major awards.

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