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George Bailey (left) and Shane Watson (Image courtesy: Getty)

Cricket Australia have named former Test player Shane Watson and former captain George Bailey to join national leaders Tim Paine and Rachael Haynes on a review panel that has been appointed by Cricket Australia to draft a behaviour charter in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal at Cape Town in March.

The aftermath of the incident saw Steven Smith and David Warner losing their leadership roles of captain and vice-captain respectively, and earning a yearlong ban from the sport. Also, they were slapped with a 2-year captaincy ban. Cameron Bancroft, who was caught in the act of ball-tampering, earned a 9-month ban.

Ex-Test cricketer Rick McCosker will oversee the review with expertise from the Director of Australia’s Centre for Ethical Leadership, Peter Collins. The panel will also include fast bowler Pat Cummins and the yet-to-be-named Australian coach, who will be a replacement for Darren Lehmann.

Ball-tampering scandal: Cricket Australia appoint ethics guru to review culture
Ball-tampering scandal: Cricket Australia appoint ethics guru to review culture

CA will also run a broader review in parallel to this which will focus on player behaviour and cultural, organisational and governance issues within the board and throughout the nation’s cricket.

Cricket.com.au reports, “That independent process will be led 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.

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.”

The inquiries will begin immediately and CA maintains that the information gathering will remain confidential, whereas the findings will be made available after the completion. The implementation for the same will start during the 2018-19 summer Down Under.