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Ball tampering scandal: David Warner vows to be a better person

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Eugene Bates | 08 April, 2018, 02:47

Australia's cricketers will be asked to initiate a new code of conduct following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

The fallout from the event has been one-year bans for captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner, a nine-month ban for Bancroft and coach Darren Lehmann tendering his resignation.

Warner admitted last week that he was resigned to not playing for Australia again.

After being pinned as the mastermind in the entire scandal, Warner was giving serious thought to taking the matter to a hearing but ultimately opted against doing so.

'The board is committed to the review being completed as expeditiously as possible, but we are also committed to getting it right, ' said Peever in a statement.

"The important link will be between the events of Cape Town and what the review thinks and finds are the links between those events and the wider organisations", Mr Peever said.

'We will therefore take whatever time is necessary to ensure we fully understand the expertise required to conduct such a review, and the procedures it should follow.

Peever said: "Australian cricketers are role models for our young people and ambassadors for our country", he said.

He added that former ex-Test opener Rick McCosker would also chair a separate player and former-player driven process to consider a charter setting out "standards of behaviour and expectations of Australian teams".

In a wide-ranging press conference, Mr Peever also revealed further details about the organisation's independent review into the "culture, processes and governance" of the organisation.

"Having owned their actions and expressed genuine remorse, I hope that all the players can successfully rebuild their careers ... and eventually win back the trust of cricket fans and the Australian public".

Former Australia worldwide cricketer Rick McCosker will chair the panel which will also include both ex and current players.

Peter Collins, Director of the Centre for Ethical Leadership and a consultant on ethics, leadership and organisational change will act as a "facilitator" for the process.

Mr Peever said further details of the review would be announced in due course.

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