Shane Warne wants more heads to roll after Australia's debacle in South Africa

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Spin king Shane Warne has called for more heads to roll over following Australia’s embarrassing tour of South Africa, saying the game’s top brass must also be held accountable.

The drama-filled four-Test tour was won by the Proteas 3-1 with a crushing 492-run win in the final match in Johannesburg on Tuesday, handing them their first series victory at home against Australia since 1969/70.

A ball-tampering scandal during the third Test in Cape Town claimed the scalps of former captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, who have all been suspended for up to a year, while coach Darren Lehmann quit in the aftermath.

Warne said the bloodletting should not stop there.

“Australia have a lot of questions to answer and I believe heads must roll on and off the field,” he wrote on Instagram, having been a broadcast commentator for the last two Tests.

“Australia need new people who are passionate about the game in charge, but understand the game.

“Australia can be a force again, but need the right people involved. There is a huge opportunity now for players and people to be leaders. All positions are in jeopardy and need to be looked at, heads must roll.”

Warne put the heat on Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland and team manager of performance Pat Howard while analysing the series defeat, Fox Sports reported.

“Every single position on the field, off the field, starting from James Sutherland at the top, Pat Howard who is in charge of cricket excellence, all these people,” Warne was quoted as saying.

“The coaches. Batting coaches – when are we going to produce a good batsman?

“All these people need to be (held accountable), saying ‘right – are they good enough for that position? Who else have we got to take their position?'”

The Australian Cricketers’ Association on Tuesday said the culture of Australian cricket must be addressed by an independent inquiry examining the game from top to bottom, reporting to both the players’ union and Cricket Australia.

“Organisational culture comes from its leadership and it comes from the top. It cannot be grafted onto the bottom,” president Greg Dyer said, as pressure grows for the role of cricket’s top executives to also come under the spotlight.

“Let us identify all the causes of the tipping point that occurred in Cape Town.”

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Warner has dawn flak for evading key questions surrounding the scandal.

Suspended Australian batsman David Warner could be set to reveal more details of the infamous ball-tampering episode during the South Africa series in a million-dollar television interview.

The former Australia vice-captain drew a lot of criticism on social media for leaving many questions unanswered during his tearful press conference on Saturday. The left-hander had later taken to social media to apologise for evading certain questions and had said that they would all be answered in due course.

There are now some reports in the Australian media that Warner could try to financially leverage the ball-tampering episode to recoup some of the massive earnings he is set to lose after being handed a 12-month ban by Cricket Australia.

“It’s worth noting that he had the high profile Sydney PR woman Roxy Jacenko with him on the day sitting with his wife Candice at the press conference,” veteran journalist David Penberthy told Adelaide radio station FIVEaa.

“One of the reasons apparently that Warner didn’t answer so many questions is that he’s keeping his powder dry for a tell all interview — part of the strategy that is being spearheaded by Roxy Jacenko.

“He’s taken a six million dollar hit in terms of his earnings. He can recoup at least a million of that from the Nine network or Seven network.

“That’s apparently why he’s keeping his mouth shut when he’s being asked obvious questions.”

“Meanwhile, Jacenko has reacted to the reports and has denied them categorically.

Next I’ll be blamed for providing the sandpaper — that’s about the only thing left!” Jacenko told The Australia.

“Candice is a dear friend, thus my support, but I am not their PR.”

It is not yet known whether Warner will attempt to contest the ban handed out to him by Cricket Australia. Steve Smith on the other hand, confirmed on Wednesday that he will seek to appeal the 12-month cricket ban handed out to him.

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Former captain Steve Smith said Wednesday he desperately wants to play for Australia again but will not be challenging a 12-month ban for a ball-tampering scandal that rocked cricket.

Cricket Australia last week suspended Smith and David Warner from all international and domestic cricket for a year, while opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months for the incident during the third Test in South Africa.

All three players have admitted what they did was wrong and a wave of sympathy has been growing for Smith since his public apology, during which he broke down in tears.

The trio have until Thursday to tell Cricket Australia whether they accept their punishment or will opt for a hearing, as is their right.

Warner and Bancroft have yet to comment but Smith, a golden boy who is compared to Donald Bradman for his batting exploits, took to social media to make clear he would do his time.

“I would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country,” he tweeted, in his first comments since the emotional press conference on his return to Australia last Thursday.

“But I meant what I said about taking full responsibility as captain of the team.

“I won’t be challenging the sanctions. They’ve been imposed by CA to send a strong message and I have accepted them.”

Smith – the world’s number one Test batsman – was charged with knowledge of the potential ball-altering plan, while Warner was charged with developing the plot and instructing Bancroft to carry it out.

Since the scandal erupted, Smith has lost a lucrative Indian Premier League contract and has been dumped by sponsors.

The Australian Cricketers’ Association on Tuesday called for the bans to be reduced, arguing the punishment was disproportionate to previous ball-tampering cases.

ACA president Greg Dyer pointed to the separate International Cricket Council sanction, which suspended Smith for one Test and docked him his match fee.

He also said the contrition expressed by players has been “extraordinary” and should be taken into account, urging a relaxation to allow the men to return to domestic action sooner.

With the World Cup and an Ashes series in 2019, supporters of the players believe they need to be playing state cricket to be in the type of form that could warrant selection.

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