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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:48 pm
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Bid blocked as Warner, Smith and Bancroft ball-tampering bans to stay

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/bid-blocked-as-warner-smith-and-bancroft-ball-tampering-bans-to-stay-20181120-p50h3j.html

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CA chairman Earl Eddings said it was a unanimous decision by the board.
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"The original decision of the board to sanction the players was determined after rigorous discussion and consideration. CA maintains that both the length and nature of the sanctions remain an appropriate response in light of the considerable impact on the reputation of Australian cricket, here and abroad.

"Steve, David and Cameron are working hard to demonstrate their commitment to cricket and have our continued support to ensure their pathway to return is as smooth as possible.

We believe the ongoing conversation about reducing the sanctions puts undue pressure on the three players – all of whom accepted the sanctions earlier this year - and the Australian men’s cricket team. As such, the Cricket Australia board doesn’t intend to consider further calls for amendments to the sanctions."
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[Comment: The CA board continues with its propaganda. It would have been more honest if Eddings had just stated the outcome and said no more. "Commitment to cricket"? Huh? There's no doubt the players are committed to the game, partly because they have nothing else in life. (See e.g. Gideon Haigh's comment in
http://magpies.net/nick/bb/viewtopic.php?p=1880030#1880030
highlighted in blue.) Are board members, recent and current, committed to anything more than money? "Puts undue pressure on the players"? Does CA honestly expect people to believe player welfare is their priority after they threw them under the bus?]
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Cricket's sticky wicket in dealing with Warner, Smith and Bancroft

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/cricket-s-sticky-wicket-in-dealing-with-warner-smith-and-bancroft-20181120-p50h63.html

J. Pierik wrote:
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New Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts has regularly been in touch with the trio. ...

There had been suggestions the three men had not supported the Australian Cricketers Association to push for their bans to be cut. The theory was that the ACA had left the trio in an invidious position. If they had publicly backed the push, they could have been accused of not taking ownership of the mess the game was in, and angering an already aggrieved public. On the other hand, they could not distance themselves from their own union. However, those close to the players on Tuesday insisted the ACA had acted in their best interest.

Of course, the CA board had its own interests to look after, and understood its hold on the game would have been again questioned had it altered the bans it initially had imposed.

It could not afford to look uncertain, even weak, particularly at a time when it has been under fire and endured casualties as a result of the Longstaff report.

There was also overseas reaction to take into account, for CA's standing in the sport, particularly its finely honed reputation as one of the sport's leaders, could again have been hurt should it have done a double take.

"Any relaxation of the suspensions would have done nothing for CA's or cricket's culture," one insider with deep knowledge of the issue said.
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The board also took into account the media's varied opinions on the bans, and fan reaction, which is understood to have been evenly split on whether there should have been change. There were also legal, ethical and integrity matters to take into consideration, while it has been pointed out the players opted to not appeal their original sentences.

"The whole thing is a mess, even the handling of the case back in March when they (players) were suspended just days after the incident and did not want to appeal for fear of what this would look like to the public and the like," one cricket insider said.

In the end, the decision review system CA turned on itself as the sport's umpire found Smith, Warner and Bancroft were - and will remain - out. But, as we know, the DRS isn't always right.

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Smith, Warner, Bancroft bans to stand as CA rejects submission

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/25326762/steven-smith-david-warner-cameron-bancroft-bans-stand

The ACA's statement:

"While the ACA respectfully disagrees with CA's decision, it is accepted. The ACA regards CA's decision as disappointing. It remains the ACA's view that a recalibration of these sanctions would have been a just outcome. The ACA has done all it could in support of our submission, and now considers the matter closed.

"The ACA's submission was made because: CA's sanctions were issued without consideration of the findings of the Longstaff review; CA said that it accepted Dr Longstaff's findings that concluded CA needed to take responsibility for its 'winning without counting the costs' culture that contributed to the events in Cape Town; CA's sanctions on the players were excessive.

"The ACA's submission provided an opportunity for CA to recalibrate its player sanctions by permitting a return via domestic and/or international cricket."
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In another development, Fairfax Media understands interim chairman Earl Eddings' home state, Victoria, is the association leading the questioning of the process behind his ascension to the top job.

Victoria does not want to be seen as blocking Eddings, a former state board member with whom they are understood to have a sound relationship, but it's believed other states have followed them in wanting the full board to be elected before he is made the permanent chair.

There are however states who have privately told Fairfax Media they believe Eddings should be officially made chairman as titles matter in international cricket diplomacy while another believes CA now needs stability after a turbulent few months.
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https://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/bid-blocked-as-warner-smith-and-bancroft-ball-tampering-bans-to-stay-20181120-p50h3j.html
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ACA loses its appeal

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/aca-loses-its-appeal-20181120-p50h83.html

G. Baum wrote:

So, the infamous trio neither challenged nor appealed their suspensions, and Cricket Australia did not overturn or even remit them, which makes you wonder what that was all about. It had all the hallmarks of grandstanding.
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Besides, the individuals implicated or ensnared at CA level have all copped bigger whacks than the players: chairman, chief executive, integrity officer, high performance manager, coach, even the marketing man: all are gone for good. The players are gone only for now.
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This, the players accepted. All three had recourse to challenge their bans at the time, but did not. Since, they have gone about their business stoically, playing what cricket they can without demur about what they cannot. This suggests true remorse, even in a humble way an element of leadership.

As best can be told, none of the three were party to the ACA's appeal, even tacitly. Perhaps Smith should have distanced himself from it publicly, but that would have created another rift in a game trying to heal them. His further silence was statement enough.

So on whose behalf did the ACA take up its cudgels? ...

That leaves only one explanation, that ACA was acting on its own behalf only, stamping its territory in the aftermath of the Longstaff review. Despite a statutory exchange of mutual respect after Tuesday's announcement, it bodes poorly for the new era.

CA has no option but to reject this speculative appeal.
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[Comment: Not for the first time this year, Pie-supporting journo Baum has written an article I find very flawed. Unlike his feeble foray into baseball and statistics, though, cricket is supposed to be familiar territory for him.
I have no idea how he can conclude that the CA board members and staff were punished more than the three players. Cricket is not the CA guys' vocation; making money is. Resigning did not cost them millions of dollars, and they are free to get other jobs immediately. With all their contacts, they probably will. Often in sport a player never fully recovers his sporting powers after a break of a year. It should not be lightly assumed Smith will definitely recapture his best batting form.
As other articles have mentioned, there was no appeal from the players because CA disgracefully manipulated and exploited the public in such a way that the players would not dare to appeal. In particular, Smith knows that any hope of getting the captaincy back relies on more than the length of his ban. The idea that if someone does not appeal a decision the decision must be completely fair is a ridiculous one. There are always practical and political influences on such a decision. Has Baum lost the plot?]
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Let Smith, Warner and Bancroft play Sheffield Shield cricket: Lehmann

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/let-smith-warner-and-bancroft-play-sheffield-shield-cricket-lehmann-20181121-p50hec.html

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“The other reason they should play state cricket is that when they come back to play for Australia their first games are a World Cup game and the first test match is the Test match of the Ashes," he said.

“You can’t expect them to play well straight away, so in effect the ban actually gets longer than 12 months.

“It goes to August or September (2019), so it almost ends up being an 18-month ban before they are back playing decent cricket.”

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Lehmann told the room there was no large meeting in the Cape Town dressing room among players ...

He said players were in different locations in a large, multi-roomed dressing room that afternoon.

"Cape Town has a couple of dressing rooms,” Lehmann said.

"There was no ‘meeting’ as such. That’s rubbish.”

Lehmann said it was not one dressing room where all the team gathered.

“You can mix and mingle and there is a lunch room out the other side and there is people out the front, then there’s people in the viewing room," he said.

“It was not like that at all. There were guys just having a quick discussion and (they) just went with it.

“It wasn’t all of us either. It was just a couple of guys having a chat and just doing it. It was disappointing that it happened like that. You wouldn’t know what they were chatting about."
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Howzat? Cricket Australia sacrifice 3 million viewers for Foxtel cash

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/howzat-cricket-australia-sacrifice-3-million-viewers-for-foxtel-cash-20181123-p50huk.html

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Former chief executive James Sutherland bumbled his way through a press conference when grilled about Foxtel’s exclusive access to one-day and T20 internationals. After all, all ODIs and T20s were included on the government’s anti-siphoning list, which gave free-to-air networks the first right of refusal to those sporting events.
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Cricket Australia and players' union to smoke peace pipe

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/cricket-australia-and-players-union-to-smoke-peace-pipe-20181125-p50i8j.html

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It's understood there will not be a mediator present at the meeting, which will not be attended by all board members from either side, despite the allowance for one as set out in the review by The Ethics Centre.
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'Important step': Cricket Australia, players finally break bread

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/important-step-cricket-australia-players-finally-break-bread-20181127-p50ip9.html

Earl Eddings:

"Cricket Australia is committed to building stronger, more collaborative and positive relationships with our partners and stakeholders.

"We understand the critical role the ACA plays in representing the players and in driving the success of many of the recommendations made in the Ethics Centre Review.

"Today's meeting was an important step, not only for CA and ACA, but for Australian cricket. We look forward to more of them in the new year."

Greg Dyer:

"There was significant goodwill between the ACA and CA displayed at today's meeting given we have much in common including the objectives of growing and improving Australian cricket.

"The Ethics Centre Review provides the framework for a more collaborative relationship between us, and the ACA is committed to supporting this as a matter of priority.

"For more than 20 years, the strength of our partnership has seen the two organisations working together for the advancement of the game.

"And today's meeting was a demonstration by both parties of their ongoing commitment to that partnership."
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:10 pm
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Michael Clarke:

‘‘Australian cricket, I think, needs to stop worry about being liked and start worrying about being respected. Play tough Australian cricket. Whether we like it or not, that’s in our blood.

‘‘If you try and walk away from it, we might be the most liked team in the world, we’re not going to win shit. We won’t win a game. Boys and girls want to win.’’
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‘‘David Warner gives it to certain blokes on the field because he wants them to give it to him when he's batting. It's like a turn on, it makes him play better.’’

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/not-going-to-win-s-t-clarke-slams-australia-s-nice-guy-attitude-20181127-p50ir8.html


[Comment: I see sh** is written as "s--t" in the article title, but in full in the article body! Too rude for titles, but okay buried in the body?]
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Simon Katich:

‘‘Once again we find someone [Clarke] missing the point.

"We were caught for blatantly cheating and we have to rectify that as quickly as possible and to earn back the respect of the cricketing public in Australia and worldwide. Our behaviour is a big part of that.

"We've been a disliked team for a number of years through that on-field behaviour and it obviously came to a head in Cape Town.

"It's a tough battle for this team taking on the burden of what's come before them. It's not going to be easy.’’

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/katich-clarke-clash-over-new-aussie-cricket-team-ethos-20181128-p50iw8.html


[Comment: this "earn back the respect" is overused and tiresome. Pretty much no national (cricket) team or administration deserves great respect at the moment.]
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Cricket Australia chair appointment upsets Victoria

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/cricket-australia-chair-appointment-upsets-victoria-20181128-p50iys.html

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Cricket Australia is embroiled in another dispute with a member of the cricket family after the appointment of a new chairman met strident opposition from his home state.

The governing body announced on Wednesday that interim chair Earl Eddings had been appointed to the position permanently but the move has upset Victoria.
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Queensland publicly endorsed Eddings' appointment, saying it allowed the focus to return to on-field action, while the Australian Cricketers' Association gave guarded approval.
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"Cricket Victoria has made its view clear and our preference remains that the interim Chairman arrangements were maintained while Australian cricket undertakes a thorough process to fill the recent Board vacancies," CV chairman Paul Barker said.

"We have actively encouraged Cricket Australia to pursue this opportunity through an established nominations committee – a process that Cricket Victoria firmly believes would deliver the best outcome for Australian cricket."

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Matthew Hayden:

‘‘I know what our truth is as Australian cricketers. We play our best cricket when you’re fighting. Now the word ‘fight’ evokes fist fights, verbal diarrhoea and racial and religious taunts. It’s nothing about that.

"It’s about a body language and it’s about the fact that as Australians when you walk across that line and you play at the SCG, ‘this is our country, our turf’. And on our watch we want to try and win. And I think that’s really what Michael would be trying to say – that it’s about that competitive edge.

"I do know if we lose that, and even our great era of Australian cricket when we lost that edge – and I’m thinking back post the Test match against India here – and everyone was a bit punched by that incident and a bit worried about ‘were we overstepping the mark?’ and ‘should we be playing the game in this sort of spirit?’ we just started to play poorly. And I don’t think that’s right.

"My expectations as a fan, forget a former player, is that our athletes be they male or female in any code is look to win the game or look to win their event. I think that’s the mindset that we need to play our best in any code.’’
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‘‘That word ‘brand’ is a scary thing because it represents all manner of evils and it’s a very corporate word and I think cricket is a game.

"There’s a whole bunch of suits that will carry on about the fact they’ve branded cricket as such, but as a playing group, the code is what the word is, to play the game hard and fair. That’s Australian cricket and you see it in club cricket, you see it in kids’ games on the weekend, you play the game in a spirit that’s a competitive spirit and you don’t play because you want to have a masters in being a good bloke."

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/open-fire-hayden-backs-clarke-s-calls-for-aussies-to-play-tough-20181128-p50ixn.html
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G. Whateley:

‘‘When the cultural review identified the phenomenon of the gilded bubble where elite cricketers existed in a parallel universe blessed with wealth and privilege oblivious to outside perception and influence, it should’ve posted a photo of the former captain.

"Clarke’s interpretation of the predicament the Australian men’s Test team finds itself in is breathtaking.

"That he would continue to rely on the line – the fiction his and subsequent teams used to excuse all manner of boorish behaviour – might be the single greatest piece of nonsense over the past nine months.

"Australia didn’t know what or where the line was - that’s how it ended up with sandpaper on the field.

"Tim Paine’s Australia isn’t trying to be the most liked team in world cricket.

"It is very specifically trying to no longer be the most despised team in world cricket, a scourge that is part of Clarke’s legacy."

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/headline-chasing-coward-clarke-v-whateley-gets-personal-20181129-p50j11.html


[Comment: an astonishing personal attack from Whateley.]
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Michael Clarke's long response to Whateley:

https://twitter.com/MClarke23/status/1067690371889586176/

"... to insinuate that I am responsible for the ball tampering issue makes him nothing more than a headline chasing coward.
Perhaps if he was talented enough or courageous enough to make it onto a cricket pitch he would have a better perspective than from behind a microphone.
Finally Mr Wheatley, if you think that the current No. 1 team in the world of cricket right now puts being liked as of higher importance than being respected and playing to win inside the rules of our game than you're as delirious as you are ill informed."

[Linguistic errors are all MC's, but bold-font emphasis is mine.]
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