Cricket Australia calls in ethics experts for review into culture

Cricket Australia has appointed the organisation behind the Australian Olympic Committee's damning cultural review for its own inquiry, the governing body announced on Tuesday.

Captain Tim Paine and star quick Pat Cummins have been chosen as the current players inolved in Rick McCosker's investigation into the culture of the national men's team after the ball tampering scandal in South Africa.

Inspection: Pat Cummins, second right, Matt Renshaw, left, and captain Tim Paine check the ball in South Africa.

Also on McCosker's panel are former captains Shane Watson and George Bailey, Ashes-winning skipper Rachael Haynes and the yet to be named national coach.

Cummins' involvement is a clear indication he is the strong favourite to become Australia's next Test vice-captain.

The not-for-profit The Ethics Centre will run the four-phase independent review into any wider cultural, organisational and governance issues within CA and determine if there are any links to the disastrous tour of South Africa.

The Ethics Centre was last year scathing of the poor workplace culture of the AOC.

It will "recommend measures that CA and Australian cricket should consider to ensure that any issues are addressed and that these or similar events never occur again", CA said.

The reviewers, led by the executive director of The Ethics Centre Dr Simon Longstaff, will interview almost every layer at the top end of the game from board members, CA management and staff; to current and former players, the players union, commercial partners and media.

It's unclear if the reviews will be completed before Australia's next engagement – a one-day international series in England in June.

The panellists on the player review are either current or recently retired players. Watson is representing the Australian Cricketers' Association, which had been agitating for a formal seat on the panel.

The player review will, CA says, "consider a behavioural charter for the Australian men’s cricket teams that balances the performance demands of elite cricket with expectations of all Australians in regard to on and off-field role modelling".

The behaviour of the national team had come under fire before the ball tampering drama at Newlands brought the issue to a head.

The scandal resulted in on-field leaders Steve Smith and David Warner suspended for 12 months, opener Cameron Bancroft for nine, while coach Darren Lehmann quit despite being found not to have had prior knowledge of the plot.

The Cape Town Three: Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft

"We understand and share the disappointment of fans and the broader Australian community about these events. The Board is determined to do all we can to prevent such events from ever happening again," CA chairman David Peever said.

"We have full confidence that Simon and his team, along with Rick and the player panel will be able to fully review and identify recommendations for improvement.

"The reviews will commence immediately, and we fully anticipate being able to begin implementing findings before the start of the 2018-19 cricket season."

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