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Taylor falls on sword as recriminations continue at Cricket Australia

Mark Taylor, the former Australia cricket captain, has stepped down from his position as director of Cricket Australia as the fallout from the ‘Sandpapergate’ ball-tampering scandal continues.

Taylor, who was CA’s current longest-serving director, said that the decision was taken “with the game’s best interests clearly at heart”.

He follows chairman David Peever out of the door in the aftermath of the Ethics Centre report, made public last week, which accused CA of “arrogance” and of covering up bullying and verbal abuse within the organisation.

One of Australia’s most successful Test captains of all time, Taylor had been touted as a potential successor for Peever, having served on the board for 13 years, but said in his statement that he had “lost energy” for the commitments of the role following the events of the past 18 months.

While new chief executive Kevin Roberts had suggested that no-one within CA would be losing their jobs because of the scandal, he may privately be thankful for the clean slate delivered by the resignations of Peever and Taylor as he works to deliver a “cultural change”.