Former coach Lehmann calls for Smith, Warner bans to be reviewed

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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.

The Tasmanian and South Australian bodies are understood to be particularly angry about being forced to vote on the re-election of the national board without the benefit of the 147-page report at the Cricket Australia annual general meeting last Thursday.

The independent review released on Monday found that an "arrogant" and "controlling" culture within CA contributed to players cheating in the pursuit of victory.

Also included in the findings was an acknowledgment the players weren't the only ones at fault for the ball tampering controversy in South Africa, placing part of the blame on the toxic culture emanating from head office.

"Longstaff talks at length about those additional pressures", Dyer said.

Smith, Warner and Bancroft are the only players named in the report.

That's happened from the start of Australian cricket.

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.

"What he wants is not to get any false hope", Western Australia coach Adam Voges said of Bancroft, who is running yoga classes for WACA staff as he waits to return on December 29. "We believe this is hugely significant".

"Common sense, common decency, basic fairness, proportionality and natural justice demand that the punishment is reduced".

Lehmann is seeing some light at the end of the tunnel as he prepares to re-launch his commentary career when Australia takes on South Africa in the first one-dayer in Perth live and exclusive on Fox Cricket this Sunday.

As quoted by Fox Sports Australia, the review reports found that, "There were frequent comments noting the vast pressure on players always to win and the unacceptability of anything less than in all forms of the game".

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

Dyer said the initiative to campaign for the stars' return is being driven by the ACA and not the players.

The governing body said it would accept most of the report's recommendations.

Despite only weeks ago saying goodbye after 17 years in the top job, James Sutherland escaped on Tuesday with barely a mention on a day when it was decreed he had overseen a poisonous culture.

The players had accepted their chargers and should complete their respective bans.

CEO Alistair Nicholson said ACA is not condoning the actions of the three players but that their sentences need to be reviewed.

"They're starting to think negatively, and thinking the world's against them". If so, it has had the exact opposite effect, according to veteran cricket journalist Robert Craddock.

Reflecting on the future of former skipper, Steve Smith, and former opener, David Warner, who were handed over a one-year ban each following the scandal, Waugh said that the two cricketers have the ability to make a comeback adding that the bigger challenge would be to overcome people talking about it.

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