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Cricket Australia has record surplus during “healing” year

October 31, 2019
Sri Lanka's Lakshan Sandakan, left, hits four runs past Australia's Kane Richardson during their T20 cricket match in Brisbane, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. (Darren England/AAP Image via AP)
Sri Lanka's Lakshan Sandakan, left, hits four runs past Australia's Kane Richardson during their T20 cricket match in Brisbane, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. (Darren England/AAP Image via AP)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — 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.

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.

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,” Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings wrote in the annual report. “We have focused on building a purpose-led culture ... following a challenging 12 months.

“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 Twenty20 men’s and women’s matches, a record figure in a non-Ashes year.

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