The report by The Ethics Commission accuses the sport's administrators of creating a ""machine that is fine-tuned for the sole purpose of winning".

And it says that, as a result, Australia's Test cricketers live in a "gilded bubble — disconnected, for much of each year, from families, friends and the grounding influence of community".

In the 145-page analysis – drawn from responses of more than 450 people connected with the sport – it has come back with 42 key conclusions for Cricket Australia.

CA today said they accepted, had already implemented or were working implementing all the recommendations except one which would demote T20 cricket beneath Tests and One Day Internationals.

In particular the report contains a series of proposals to make the behaviour and character of players far more important in the selection process and vital for winning awards.

At the reports publication today, Australia skipper Tim Paine admitted things had got out of hand with the Test squad.

"I think potentially for a little bit, we got a little bit wrapped up in our own self-importance," Paine said.

"We're the lucky ones playing for Australia. It's not our cricket team, it's Australia's cricket team, and I think for a little while, we lost that.

But he insisted there had been a change in values since for captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for 12 months for bad tampering, while bowler Cameron Bancroft was banned for two months. 

"We know what's right and we know what's wrong. We know what Australian cricket expects of us. And we'll be holding each other accountable," Paine said.

"So if it does happen or it does start to get out of control, it won't just be me, it will be a number of guys who know where we sit on that and how far we go and where we don't go."

CA chairman David Peever said publishing the report in full was a necessary part of the change needed in the organisation.

"Our purpose is to unite and inspire communities through cricket," he said today.

"There’s no doubt that the ball-tampering incident in South Africa was extremely regrettable and caused distress across our country.

"It has been a difficult and confronting time for everyone involved in Australian Cricket, and for that I am sorry. Mistakes have been made, lessons have been learnt, and changes are and will continue to take place."

He added: "Our response to the ball tampering incident was necessarily tough, and we acted swiftly and decisively.

"At the same time, we voluntarily commissioned an independent organisational review into Australian cricket and launched, concurrently, a player review to establish a renewed behavioural charter.

"While at times difficult to read and in some instances, difficult to agree with what has been implied – CA respects the findings of the review and what needs to be done to restore faith and prompt change.

"We can't change the past, but we can mould the future of cricket in this country and ensure cricket remains Australia’s favourite sport, and a sport for all Australians."