Sport Cricket Shane Watson, George Bailey to sit on panel as cricket drafts ‘charter of behaviour’

Shane Watson, George Bailey to sit on panel as cricket drafts ‘charter of behaviour’

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Bailey and Watson are still playing domestic cricket in Australia. Photo: Getty
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Former Australia cricketers Shane Watson and George Bailey will sit on a panel that includes the likes of Test captain Tim Paine and paceman Pat Cummins as the nation attempts to move on from the ball-tampering saga.

The quartet will be joined by Australia’s women’s captain Rachael Haynes and the yet-to-be-announced men’s coach as they put together a “charter of behaviour” that the country’s men’s teams will follow.

That will be the end result of an exhaustive review into behaviour.

At the same time, “a broader review of the relationship between player behaviour and cultural, organisational and governance issues within Cricket Australia and throughout cricket nationally” will also be conducted.

While the player review will be led by ex-Test batsman Rick McCosker and will also feature involvement from Peter Collins, director of Australia’s centre for ethical leadership, the broader review will be run independently.

Cricket Australia [CA] announced on Tuesday that that process would be headed up by “Dr Simon Longstaff AO, executive director of the Sydney-based Ethics Centre, with the tandem analyses charged with ensuring that the incident that has rocked Australian cricket is never repeated”.

They added: “The over-arching review will include a focus on the recent incident-laden Qantas Tour of South Africa and explore whether the culture that exists within CA and other administrative and team performance bodies nationwide played a role in the decisions that led to the ball-tampering incident.”

Both reviews will start immediately and Cricket Australia hope that the process will be completed before the international season begins in late September.

“We understand and share the disappointment of fans and the broader Australian community about these events,” CA chairman David Peever said.

“The board is determined to do all we can to prevent such events from ever happening again.

“We have full confidence that Simon [Longstaff] and his team, along with Rick [McCosker] and the player panel will be able to fully review and identify recommendations for improvement.”

‘It’s a learning opportunity’

CA chief executive James Sutherland said while the infamous Cape Town Test, where the ball-tampering occurred, was “heartbreaking”, that the incident presented a chance for Australian cricket to move forward.

“It’s a learning opportunity for the game,” he said on SEN radio.

“I think right now we’re in a place where these sorts of opportunities can lead to the game being better.

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Sutherland is confident Australian cricket can recover. Photo: Getty

“The fans have spoken loudly about what their expectations are.

“It’s not just the Australian cricket team that has misbehaved in recent times … a number of players from different countries have been involved in incidents over the course of the last couple of months.”

The Cape Town fall-out

Former captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned from international and domestic cricket in Australia for a 12-month period following the incident.

Young opener Cameron Bancroft was hit with a nine-month suspension.

The bans do not preclude the trio from playing cricket overseas, and although the Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition suspended Smith and Warner, a decision has not been made by the England and Wales Cricket Board yet.

That means that there is still the possibility of Smith, Warner and Bancroft playing county cricket during their absence for match practice.

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