Pat Howard sacked as Australia's high performance chief

Pat Howard is the latest casualty at Cricket Australia

"While Pat Howard has previously made clear his intentions not to renew his contract next year, it has been chose to bring forward his departure which will take effect next week after a handover", a CA said in a statement.

Much of The Ethics Centre's report focused on Australia's men's team but it also highlighted a corporate culture that "privileges combativeness over collaboration", noting "a lack of emotional maturity.is also seen among CA staff".

As news of long-serving high-performance chief Pat Howard's impending exit spread across the cricket community, controversial suit Ben Amarfio was literally receiving his marching orders.

Howard, who took the role in October 2011, was due to leave when his contract expired after next year's Ashes series. Clark became the first female player inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2014.

Amarfio, another polarising figure in CA, was effectively made redundant after the broadcasting, digital media and commercial portfolio was split in two.

Australia's one-day vice-captain Alex Carey admitted players were surprised at the latest axings.

Appointed in 2011, former rugby global Howard was a polarizing figure in the role, with former players and pundits questioning his lack of a significant cricket background.

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"We talk openly and honestly and obviously today's news was a shock as well", Carey told reporters in Adelaide.

"I don't think it's a distraction.it's all a bit of white noise for us".

The incident also hastened the departures of coach Darren Lehmann and Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland.

Roberts, who was the chief negotiator in the MOU talks a year ago, defended his appointment as chief executive, saying the review had commended him for his role in other initiatives such as uniting the states and territories, gender pay equity and commitment to community cricket.

Head of security Sean Carroll, a former Victorian police detective who oversees CA's anti-corruption program and ensures players are safe while on tour around the world, was summoned to help evict Amarfio.

CA's board is expected to settle on its new chairman before new directors replace Peever and Mark Taylor.

Taylor's exit leaves Michael Kasprowicz as the only former first-class or global player on CA's board, a worrying result given the "commercialisation of cricket" was among many concerns flagged by The Ethics Centre.

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