Cricket Australia Records Surplus $12.3 Mn During “Healing” Year

Also code of conduct charges dropped 74% at all levels from national teams to country competitions in Australia.

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Australia’s captain Tim Paine returns to the pavilion at end of play during day four of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Cricket Australia said it had recorded an operating surplus of 18.2 million Australian dollars ($12.3 million) in a year of "healing" following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in 2018.

That amount in the 2018-19 financial year was nearly double the operating surplus from the previous 12 months, the annual general meeting was told Thursday, 31 October.

It said there had been a dramatic improvement in player behavior – code of conduct charges dropped 74% at all levels from national teams to country competitions.

In March 2018, then-Test captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were suspended for the roles they played in a plot to alter the condition of the ball by using sandpaper during a test match in Cape Town against South Africa.

"The past year has been a time of healing for Australian cricket. We have focused on building a purpose-led culture... following a challenging 12 months." Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings wrote in the annual report.

"Australia's men's team has shown their commitment to restoring their connection with each other and the Australian public. It was a year which redefined the way Australia would play, in a spirit the whole country can be proud of."

The annual report also said that during the 2018-19 season, more than 2.16 million people attended international, one-day and T20I men's and women's matches, a record figure in a non-Ashes year.

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