Renewed calls for bans to be overturned

Former Australian captain Steve Waugh blames lack of punishment for ball tampering scandal

Former Australian captain Steve Waugh blames lack of punishment for ball tampering scandal

"What Dr Longstaff said was that the events in Newlands were entirely consistent with the framework around the team and the framework within Cricket Australia - that's new evidence".

The report found Cricket Australia's administration also should have born the brunt of consequences relating to the ball tampering scandal against South Africa. "But to go to the point we did was a huge mistake".

"Basic fairness demands these independently verified contributing factors must now be taken into consideration and the penalties reduced".

Smith and Warner are seven months into their ban and will become eligible for Australia selection only in April next year.

Meanwhile, former Australian Cricket Board chairman Malcolm Speed has urged Taylor to usurp chairman David Peever, who he describes as a "corporate world" figure, at CA.

David Peever, who is Cricket Australia's chairman as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo said, "The sanctions were carried out and imposed by the board after a very full and thoughtful process".

A "win at all costs" culture was said to have infiltrated the game, culminating in the ball-tampering fiasco in South Africa in March.

Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann, who stood down in the wake of the scandal, also joined calls to have the bans set aside and allow the trio to return to state and global cricket.

Smith, Bancroft and fellow conspirator David Warner initially thought the fuss would blow over quickly.

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Waugh said Australia's internal system was such that the players had lost touch with reality, thinking they are larger than the sport.

'Given this, there must be a reconsideration of the harshness of the penalties handed down to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

Bancroft infamously hid the sandpaper down his pants when television cameras caught him scuffing the surface of the ball, and then captain Steve Smith's evasive answers at a press conference dragged his team further into the mire.

"It has been a hard and confronting time for everyone involved in Australian cricket, and for that I am sorry", he said.

ACA will make a submission to the Cricket Australia board in the next 48 hours calling for a new look at the bans.

From playing Grade cricket one weekend to Sheffield Shield the next with enough time to prepare for the first Test against India in Adelaide in December? In short, in common parlance, Australian cricketers get it.

The vanquished coach denies overseeing a culture where his players abused team staff and doesn't agree game plans and strategies focused on Warner being an attack dog for the Australian team.

"They gave us a lot of feedback around that and that came through the overall Longstaff report", Nicholson said.

Interviews with players and ex-players over the past few months have largely reflected a view that the suspensions were too harsh, but if that's the case, Warner, Smith and Bancroft may have been let down by the lack of responses from their colleagues.

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