Cricket Australia consider lifting bans on ball-tamperers Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft after players’ union appeal

CRICKET AUSTRALIA is weighing up whether to lift the ball-tampering bans on former captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft following a demand by the players' union.

CA has come under increasing pressure from the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) to end the bans following the release of the Longstaff review.

 Steve Smith breaks down at a press conference in March discussing his ball-tampering ban

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Steve Smith breaks down at a press conference in March discussing his ball-tampering ban
 Cricket Australia chief Patrick Roberts says repairing relations with the players' union remained a top priority

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Cricket Australia chief Patrick Roberts says repairing relations with the players' union remained a top priority

That report laid some of the blame for the Cape Town scandal at the door of the board.

The governing body's CEO, Kevin Roberts, has confirmed to reporters that an appeal has been lodged.

He said: "The ACA submission around the players' sanctions was received by the board a few days ago.

"It was addressed to the board rather than to me or all management.

"So not for me to comment on a board matter other than to say that the board will be respecting that submission and giving it due consideration."

 Vice-captain David Warner expresses his sorrow after also being handed a 12-month ban

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Vice-captain David Warner expresses his sorrow after also being handed a 12-month ban

Smith and vice-captain Warner were each suspended for 12 months after the ball-tampering scandal broke in March, while opening batsman Bancroft was banned for nine months.

The bans also extend to the domestic Sheffield Shield and the Big Bash Twenty20 competition.

A depleted Australia have struggled to recover from the crisis.

Since Tim Paine assumed captaincy in South Africa, the test team have lost two of their last three matches.

The one-day team, now led by Aaron Finch, have incredibly lost their last seven – including a 5-0 whitewash by England and a stinging defeat in Sunday's series-opener against South Africa in Perth.

A number of prominent cricket pundits and former players have expressed their view that the ball-tampering bans were overly harsh and as a result should be overturned.

 Tim Paine was handed a nine-month suspension

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Tim Paine was handed a nine-month suspension

Various suggestions have been offered as to how the trio should be rehabilitated.

Roberts, who was at the centre of an bitter pay dispute with players last year, insisted repairing relations with the players' union remained a top priority.

He added: "I think what's really important is that we at Cricket Australia need to embrace the players and we need to make sure that the players feel a really valued part of Cricket Australia.

"There's no doubt that we need to face up to the review and the fact that it acknowledged that the organisation hasn't been united enough across the playing and long-playing sides."

Earlier on Wednesday, CA axed high-performance chief Pat Howard and broadcasting boss Ben Amarfio as the fall-out from the Longstaff review continued.

CRICKET AUSTRALIA is weighing up whether to lift the ball-tampering bans on former captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft following a demand by the players' union.