CA chairman confirms Warner, Smith and Bancroft’s ban stands

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Cricket Australia chairman David Peever is refusing to stand down after a review of the institution uncovered a culture of "bullying" and "arrogance", in the wake of the ball-tampering affair.

So as the fate of the tainted trio hangs in doubt, it would be interesting to see if Cricket Australia budges under pressure mounted by the cricketers.

"My response to that was when I saw that interview and I saw that comment I thought Australian cricket can do better in choosing its chairman and the game deserves better governance, the game deserves better leadership".

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.

CA chairman David Peever said on Monday that no such action would be taken, despite acknowledging the penalties were "formed from the view there were no other contributing factors". "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 that, to me, just summed up that maybe they were out of touch with what the average person thinks".

"My message to Cricket Australia is a simple one: these contrite men have been punished enough".

He said: 'I think they should be back but it's up to the board to make that decision, not me.

His concern is that the corporate influence has become too strong. "They were always respectful and I didn't have a problem with that", said Lehmann.

"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", it said.

"A couple of things struck me as quite unusual". Mr Speed yesterday said former captain Mark Taylor should take over. The Australian public will forgive and move on and they have an opportunity to really be role models to kids going forward, he concluded.

It prompted a mix of anger and schadenfreude across the global cricketing community, with media pundits and former players suggesting Australia had brought it upon themselves with the aggressive way they played the game.

Tim Paine, left, and Justin Langer are leading the culture change for the Australian cricket team as captain and coach. "It's a major feature of what the selectors do so there are parts of the report that I think are naive".

'Now the findings have come down they should be reviewing the sanctions on the three players'.

Equally, the review has outlined clear divisions between CA's Board and executive, its state association owners, and the players represented by the Australian Cricketers Association.

Players will get the chance to atone during the three-match ODI series against South Africa, starting in Perth on Sunday.

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