Progress in Aussie cricket culture review

Rob Forsaith

A set of guidelines detailing what is expected of Australian cricketers is one step closer to fruition, with Rick McCosker having completed more than 50 interviews.

Former opener McCosker is leading one of two formal cultural reviews being held after the Cape Town cheating scandal, with Cricket Australia also commissioning the Ethics Centre to independently scrutinise the governing body.

McCosker's player review is being aided by a panel of Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Rachael Haynes, Shane Watson, George Bailey and Justin Langer.

The Centre for Ethical Leadership's Peter Collins is acting as a facilitator.

It's understood the first phase of that review is over, with McCosker now analysing the content of interviews.

The panel is expected to create a charter, separate to the code of conduct, before the start of this home summer. Other feedback will be passed onto the Ethics Centre.

"I don't think it's going to be anything too drastic," Cummins told AAP.

"It's just going to be a few suggestions.

"We all knew a couple of things needed to change.

"With a new captain and coach, there's always going to be some change and that's already started to happen."

McCosker is best remembered for batting with a broken jaw in the 1977 Centenary Test against England.

He is now chaplain to the Port of Newcastle, caring for seafarers enjoying brief respite from long and lonely stretches at sea.

"Rick's been great. He looks at everything really well, has a great perspective and loves the game," Cummins said.

"It's good to have a fairly independent look at what's going on."

Analysing the environment that led to life-changing errors from Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft was always going to be a complex and confronting task.

Pundits have questioned how Australia's win-at-all-costs mentality was allowed to fester for so long, while sacked skipper Smith has spoken of his mental fatigue after a taxing Ashes campaign.

It's understood the Ethics Centre is still at the research phase of its review.

The Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) is expected to submit a detailed submission to the Ethics Centre later this month, having recently asked past and present players to submit anonymous feedback on the culture and governance of Australian cricket.

The players' union sent a survey to members last month, asking them to nominate "three primary causes of the events in South Africa" and a series of other questions.

The ACA has since conducted follow-up interviews with some members.

CA, keen to keep at arm's length from both reviews, was unwilling to comment.

New coach Langer has already made his expectations clear on behaviour.

"He wants his players to be good enough blokes that he would consider allowing them to marry his daughters," Adam Gilchrist said earlier this year.