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NEIL MANTHORP: Report aims to burst Aussie gilded bubble, but will it?
Hard-hitting Ethics Centre report makes 44 recommendations for Australia to try to ensure that incidents like the Newlands ball-tampering episode never happen again
Bullying, arrogant and dictatorial. It’s not exactly what you would want to hear from an independent organisation you had hired to conduct an overview of your own, but that’s what Cricket Australia (CA) received from the Sydney-based Ethics Centre in an exhaustive investigation resulting in a 145-page report presented on Monday by review leader Simon Longstaff. The report made 44 recommendations for the administration of the game at both domestic and international level in Australia to try to ensure that incidents like the ball-sandpapering at Newlands which resulted in 12-month bans for captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner do not happen again. CA chairman David Peever and his fellow board members are the only administrators left standing with head coach Darren Lehmann having resigned and CEO James Sutherland and high performance manager Pat Howard set to step down. Peever was in bullish mood on Monday: "I and the board… would have preferred that the events in SA didn’t...