Cricket Australia has released a statement on the controversy-marred recently concluded the first Test between South Africa and Australia in Durban.
Attributed to Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland:
The events of day four in Durban have unfortunately marred an otherwise very good Test Match and a dominant performance by the Australian men’s team.
CA supports the sanctions imposed on players from both teams by the ICC, and commends match referee Jeff Crowe for his handling of a difficult situation.
CA has reminded the team of the standards of behaviour expected of players representing Australia.
Those standards are spelled out in the ICC Code of Conduct and also the Preamble to the Laws of Cricket. As the Preamble states, cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws, but also within the Spirit of the Game.
This includes the need to be respectful of opponents, and CA expects this to be observed by players at all times. Unfortunately neither team met this standard in Durban. The Australian team understands that fans expect better.
Australia has always prided itself on taking a highly competitive approach to international cricket. This will not change, however CA is confident that what occurred in Durban will remain an aberration.
Under the period of the current team leadership, Australian players have received fewer sanctions under the ICC Code of Conduct than players from the majority of the nine top-ranked Test playing nations.
CA is confident that the rest of the series in South Africa will be remembered for enthralling cricket played in the right spirit by both teams.