Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have all sought legal information and are strongly considering the merits of challenging bans levelled by Cricket Australia (CA).
The trio that was suspended have returned home in the scandal, apologising to the country in press conferences that were tearful.
All of them admit erring in Cape Town but have accepted or contested sanctions their charge issued by CA.
Those choices are not likely to come until Tuesday. The deadline is Thursday.
Public opinion has flipped to feelings of empathy in recent days from outrage , particularly for Bancroft and Smith.
If players extend the saga in a formal hearing which could be chaired by an independent 20, that could change.
But, much like last year’s fund dispute, CA can also come from a judicial stoush as more sordid details arise while they negotiate an TV rights agreement and hunt for new sponsors.
“We all can do is uphold the code to our very best decision and take into consideration the evidence we have,” CA chief executive James Sutherland said, if asked Wednesday whether formal hearings could further solidify the game’s image in Australia.
“It’s about the soul of cricket, it is about the good of the game. It’s not about thinking or people about these kinds of impacts.
“We have got to make those decisions on what’s best for this game.
“As a course of justice under our signal, players have the right to accept or reject the fees or the sanctions or both.
“If they really do to take it to allure. That is a good, appropriate legal procedure and that is why it’s written that way.”
Warner Smith and Bancroft are trying to gather their thoughts over the Easter weekend while lawyers continue to reevaluate the way CA meted out law and order.
The players’ union, which has been offer you the trio welfare and legal aid, made the argument in a press launch on Thursday there have been a number of “glaring and apparent anomalies” in CA’s expedited investigation and disciplinary approach.
Domestic and worldwide players past and current – feel that the body bowed.
CA chairman David Peever, on landing in Australia the day following footage emerged of Bancroft stuffing sandpaper down his pants, had a “frank discussion” with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and explained there are a decisive reaction.
Shane Warne has been outspoken in his condemnation of CA, accusing them to “hysteria”.
A number of the stars in Johannesburg feel sorry for Smith particularly.
The skipper became the figurehead of this scandal – and also took duty since he was directing the group but was culpable based on the investigation of CA.