Australian cricket review 'hard-hitting' and 'confronting' - Mark Taylor

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"I'd love to see them play at some form".

The report said the governing body was perceived as "arrogant" and "controlling" and treated its elite players like commodities, allowing "alpha-male" egos to develop a win-at-all-costs approach.

Also included in the findings was an acknowledgment the players weren't the only ones at fault for the ball tampering controversy in South Africa, placing part of the blame on the toxic culture emanating from head office.

Warner and Smith were suspended from state and global cricket for 12 months and Bancroft was rubbed out for nine.

So how then, can Cricket Australia commit to turning over a new leaf, as they must, and actually listen to an entirely reasonable argument?

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

ACA president Greg Dyer levelled the damning claim against Sutherland.

"Yes, this moment of madness was "individual" but now there is evidence and independent verification of system failure as well". We believe this is hugely significant.

"Responsibility for that larger picture lies with CA and not just the players held directly responsible for the appalling incident at Newlands", said the review, which was released on Monday.

He said the players have been forced to cop "100 per cent" of the culpability over the cheating affair and that's "not fair".

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CA chairman David Peever insists there is nothing that will alter his board's hardline stance on Smith, Warner and Bancroft. But he said it is also detailed a corporate culture which was "as bad as I have seen in my 30 years in the corporate world".

"Personally ... I witnessed those behaviours over a period of time and it was very clear on-field aggression was moving down a path that I personally wasn't comfortable with", he said.

CA chairman David Peever isn't agreeing to let the banned trio come back early.

There were 48 current Australian cricketers asked to complete the survey - however only 14 players responded to Cricket Australia's request - suggesting an obvious "disconnect" between the organisation and its players.

Speed said that interview had convinced him that the former mining executive was not the right man to take Cricket Australia forward and that somebody with a background in the game needed to take over.

In fact, one passage even provides the feedback that they are "exemplary". If so, it has had the exact opposite effect, according to veteran cricket journalist Robert Craddock.

The ACA is expected to challenge the suspensions on the grounds that the punishments were "disproportionate" to previous ball-tampering punishments and that the entire scandal was clouded by an unhealthy Australian cricket culture, established from board-level down.

That's the dramatic predictions forecast by cricket commentators when Cricket Australia releases its two reviews following the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal on Monday afternoon.

Steve Smith's return to grade cricket in Sydney.

Dyer conceded the report didn't provide a flattering picture of the players, who he represents. The players and ACA eventually won out.

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