Test great and former selector Rod Marsh says the bans on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft should be lifted following the cricket cultural review.
The bans on Australian cricketers Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft should be lifted following a damning cultural review into the sport, Rod Marsh says.
The Test great and former national selector says the review proves the three players aren't solely to blame for the ball-tampering that led to their suspensions.
"The thing is, they were banned on a premise, that they were the people to blame entirely," Marsh said on Friday.
"Well, it has been proven, I think, if you want to rely on what the review says, it has been proven that it wasn't only them.
"So the ground has shifted a little bit. And as a result of the ground shifting I think there's a strong case for them to be reinstated."
Marsh labelled the banned trio's actions in the infamous Test against South Africa in Cape Town in March this year as "dumb".
"You just can't do that, it's showing disrespect to the game ... and when you show disrespect it comes back to bite you," he said.
Marsh, who quit as Australia's chairman of selectors in November 2016 after gaining the role in May 2014, maintained the review outcomes released this week by Cricket Australia showed the players were not solely to blame.
The review found a culture within Cricket Australia hierarchy of arrogance, noting a misguided principle of win at all costs.
"It didn't surprise me. I don't think it surprised too many people" Marsh said of the findings.
But he backed Smith and Warner, banned for a year from international and state cricket, and Bancroft, suspended for nine months, to make successful returns to elite cricket.
"They love the game, those guys. And they'll be back and they'll play well when they come back," Marsh said.