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"Let these contrite men play", ACA president and former Australian cricketer Greg Dyer said in a statement.

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.

Former cricketer Steve Waugh believes lack of strict action against those who altered the cricket ball in the past led to the massive ball-tampering scandal during Australias third Test of the four-match series against South Africa at New Lands in March.

Simon Longstaff from the Ethic's Centre begins his extensive cultural review by emphasising that Warner's role in influencing the more junior Cameron Bancroft to sandpaper a ball, with the captain Smith turning a blind eye - is only the "reported facts".

As well as bans for three players, it also hastened the departures of coach Darren Lehmann and CA chief executive James Sutherland.

"The broad consensus amongst stakeholders is that CA does not consistently "live" its values and principles", the review said.

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CA supports a recommendation that the role of vice-captain be "de-coupled" from that of "heir apparent" for the captaincy - a move made recently in the test and one-day global teams.

Smith gave an emotional press conference after admitting to ball tampering.

Among other findings, the review found that Cricket Australia was perceived to be "arrogant and controlling" and said to view the events in South Africa as "the failure of a handful of players" would be a mistake.

He said they existed in a "gilded bubble" of privilege and wealth that left them isolated from everyday life and unable to keep their feet on the ground.

"David is the first to have come out of the corporate world rather than out of the cricket world and I think in this crisis that's what's shown here", Speed added.

Cricket Australia are right to note that not one of the Longstaff Review's 42 submissions makes even a vague suggestion that the bans ought to be re-examined.

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"And (it) has prompted a similar response from the Australian public".

"There was a full investigation and that was the outcome of the investigation", Peever said. "And so the sanctions stand, as I said several weeks ago".

"The severe punishments handed out to Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith and David Warner in the wake of Newlands is cited as an example of this - where CA is seen to have failed to accept its share of the blame for what transpired".

"CA is already well advanced in some areas with more than half of the recommendations in development or already implemented before we commissioned the review", he said.

However, Katich, who played played in 56 Tests between 2001 and 2010, claimed he did not support the move for the players to return early as they also need to take responsibility for "blatantly cheating". We assure you. The players "get it".

"We're the lucky ones playing for Australia".

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