Male, female cricket leaders talk culture


Australian cricket’s push for cultural change has prompted an unprecedented collaboration between leaders of the national men’s and women’s sides.

Cricket Australia (CA) will soon release findings of cultural reviews that were commissioned after the ball-tampering furore.

Tim Paine, Rachael Haynes, Pat Cummins, Shane Watson, George Bailey and Justin Langer were on the panel that helped former Test opener Rick McCosker conduct a played-led review.

Paine confirmed last week, before flying out to the UAE, the resultant behavioural charter will be in place during the Test series against Pakistan.

The final details were drawn up after an informal meeting of the nation’s most influential cricketers, male and female.

Haynes, who led Australia last year in Meg Lanning’s absence and will be vice-captain in Saturday night’s Twenty20 clash with New Zealand at North Sydney Oval, described it as a pivotal moment.

“It’s probably the first time in my career we’ve come together and done something like that,” Haynes told AAP.

“To be perfectly honest, it was probably one of the most meaningful interactions that the leaders across the two teams have had.

“It’s unfortunate it came about through the circumstances it did but … people shared ideas, talked about behaviours, how we want to play, what we stand for and the type of teams we want to be.

“The findings of the review will be released in coming weeks and you’ll see two Australian teams really keen to ensure they make the public proud.”

The two sides haven’t been united in such fashion since last year’s pay dispute, which was triggered by rage over revenue-sharing rather than shame related to sandpaper.

Haynes described the McCosker review as a “very robust process”.

“Players were very honest in their reflections on what happened and also what happened leading up to it,” the batter said.

“But more importantly, what we want to do moving forward.”

The coming summer of men’s cricket is one of change. A new captain, coach and vice-captains have been appointed since the Cape Town cheating scandal, and CA will soon name its next chief executive.

In sharp contrast, Haynes’ team certainly can’t be accused of bringing the sport into disrepute.

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“From a women’s cricket point of view, nothing has really stood out in the past that we weren’t proud of or anything like that,” Haynes said.

“We’ve got this series coming up against New Zealand. We’ve got good relationships between the teams and are pretty respectful of each other. We’re also all really competitive and want to win.”


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