Age, The (Melbourne, Australia) – Sutherland and the board have grown increasingly agitated by the on-field antics of the team in recent times – the chief executive ordered his players to show more respect to their opponents after an ugly first Test against the Proteas in Durban – but a more piercing overall stance examining deep-seated cultural issues in a win-at-all-costs mentality was not taken by the top brass.

Summary

  • Sutherland and the board have grown increasingly agitated by the on-field antics of the team in recent times – the chief executive ordered his players to show more respect to their opponents after an ugly first Test against the Proteas in Durban – but a more piercing overall stance examining deep-seated cultural issues in a win-at-all-costs mentality was not taken by the top brass.
  • This will please the Australian Cricketers Association, for it had called for a full review of CA and of events late on that fateful third afternoon of the Test when Bancroft and Smith explained their actions at a press conference.
  • Sutherland is said to be devastated by what transpired in Newlands, and the fall-out, which also includes coach Darren Lehmann quitting despite a report by integrity officer Iain Roy clearing him of knowledge of a plan to scuff the ball with sandpaper engineered by Warner, carried out by Bancroft and not stopped by Smith.
  • Warner, Bancroft and Smith, with the ACA, managers and lawyers by their side, are debating whether to appeal and have until close of business on Thursday to determine if they will.
  • LoadingWarner, Smith and Bancroft fear the severity and length of their penalties will make it even harder to reclaim their spot in the Test side next year, for they are banned from international and domestic selection.


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