Cricket Australia releases findings after 'extremely regrettable' ball-tampering scandal

Waugh called Australia's attempts to tamper with the ball using sandpaper as stupid

Peever said some of the responses had been "at times hard to read and in some instances, hard to agree with", although Cricket Australia respected the review's findings. The Aussie players are now wanting us to "Smile with them, Dream with them".What has Australian cricket come too.

In their first Test series since the ball-tampering scandal erupted in South Africa, Australia were beaten by Pakistan earlier this month.

The ball-tampering incident shocked Australia and led to 12-month suspensions for team leaders Steve Smith and David Warner, and a nine-month ban for batsman Cameron Bancroft.

Tim Paine, who succeeded Smith as Test captain, said the players had adjusted their priorities. It was just something that people couldn't understand you know and it was a shock to all of Australia and we reacted accordingly.

"Australian cricket has lost its balance and has stumbled badly", the review said in its executive summary. "Let them play", said Greg Dyer, head of the players' union.

"We know what's right and we know what's wrong".

But he agreed that the report is bad for Cricket Australia. "And we'll be holding each other accountable", he said.

"If it does happen, and it does start to get out of control, it won't just be me, it will be a number of guys that know where we sit on that, on how far we go, and where we don't go".

While Cricket Australia fully accepts responsibility for what led to the ball-tampering fiasco, it remains firm that the punishments given to the trio would not be lifted.

In an interview with 7.30, Chappell also said Cricket Australia did not understand the game "at the highest level".

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"The most common description of CA is as "arrogant" and "controlling".

The report states that in some cases players are required to "play the mongrel", with the risk of becoming that person.

Among 42 recommendations, the review proposed setting up a new ethics committee and selecting players based on character in addition to ability.

It has also been recommended that CA have voting for the Allan Border Medal take into account player behaviour and character and not just on-field performance, akin to the AFL's Brownlow Medal where suspended players can not claim the award.

The report's executive summary is damning, suggesting "CA is perceived to say one thing and do another".

CA chairman David Peever said on Monday that no such action would be taken, despite acknowledging the penalties were "formed from the view there were no other contributing factors".

Pressure was building on Cricket Australia chairman David Peever to resign on Tuesday in the wake of the release of a scathing independent review into the culture of the game.

"We've learned many lessons and of course there has been a lot going on since then".

"The Aussie cultural review is cringe worthy.'Smile with us, Dream with us'! And in the process of that, we probably didn't put as much emphasis as we should have on the spirit of the game, the game's ethos".

Terming the incident as a ridiculous mistake committed by the players, Waugh, however, said that the matter was blown out of proportion. "The incidence of verbal abuse extends beyond player behaviour", the review states.

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