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Steve Smith and David Warner have been given a ban up to a year, which means they will be eligible to play all forms of cricket from April 2019.

The independent report was commissioned by Cricket Australia (CA) after a ball-tampering scandal rocked the Test team in South Africa in March. It threw a spotlight on the entire Cricket Australia set-up - from the boardroom to the national men's team - and led to two reviews being set up, the findings of which will be released in Melbourne on Monday. "Let these contrite men play", Dyer said.

"The players have already lost time in the game, chances to play for Australia, endured public humiliation and face massive financial penalties", Dyer said.

At that point, the Longstaff report said, CA leaders failed to ensure that "the will-to-win was balanced by an equal commitment to moral courage and ethical restraint".

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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Former captain Smith, coach Darren Lehman, chief executive James Sutherland and high-performance manager Pat Howard have all moved on or announced their intent to move on.

As far as the futures of Smith and Warner are concerned, Waugh believes they still have plenty to offer Australian cricket but their returns would involves mental battles as much as anything.

Peever was also faced with blanket condemnation in the pages of Australia's newspapers on Tuesday, the main charge being that he had extended his reign as chairman after the ball-tampering scandal while heads around him rolled.

He likened cricket's relentless pursuit of victory to the Australian banking sector's drive for excessive profits, which has led to revelations that dead people were charged for services that were never provided.

"I'd be happy either way - for the bans to be lifted (entirely) ... but at worst (a compromise) so they can play Sheffield Shield cricket or Big Bash", Border told The Daily Telegraph.

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"Players feel they are treated as commodities".

Smith, Warner and Bancroft have missed three Tests but the ACA's calls raise the possibility of them returning for the four-Test series against India, which begins in Adelaide on 6 December.

CA chairman David Peever said on Monday that no such action would be taken, despite acknowledging the penalties were "formed from the view there were no other contributing factors".

While CA's new chief executive would have preferred a stronger response, Roberts indicated his door was always open for players to express concerns.

"I think the players should see out their bans", he told SEN Radio. "I'd like to see Mark Taylor stand up as chairman of Cricket Australia", he said. "I'm receiving as many messages from people suggesting that the suspensions are too lenient as those who are sending messages saying they're too harsh", he said.

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While the players have introduced their own behavioural pact, declaring "how lucky they are to play this great game" and that they "respect the game and its traditions", they also want a charter to define "winning right" and "spirit of cricket" expectations.