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Lehmann Calls For Disgraced Trio’s Return

Lehmann Calls For Disgraced Trio’s Return

Former Australian coach Darren Lehmann has called for the bans on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to be reduced.

The trio were banned after the ball tampering scandal during the South Africa tour which rocked Australian cricket and led to Lehmann also leaving his post.

Cricket Australia are now under increasing pressure to reduce the bans after a report from the Ethics Centre said the culture within the Australian game was to blame.

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“The leadership of CA should also accept responsibility for its inadvertent (but foreseeable) failure to create and support a culture in which the will-to-win was balanced by an equal commitment to moral courage and ethical restraint,” the review said.

“While good intentions might reduce culpability – they do not lessen responsibility … especially not for those who voluntarily take on the mantle of leadership.”

Lehmann now believes Cricket Australia should consider shortening the bans saying: “I think they should be back but it’s up to the board to make that decision, not me.”

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