PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 04: Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland addresses the media to discuss the recommendations from the NSW Coronial Inquest into Philip Hughes before the start of play during day two of the First Test match between Australia and South Africa at the WACA on November 4, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland believes sledging does have a place in the modern game despite its possible impact on Philip Hughes.

During the inquest recommendations Coroner Michael Barnes said none of the players on the field were to blame for Hughes' death, in particular Doug Bollinger who may have sledged Hughes of his batting partner Tom Cooper in the lead up to the fatal delivery.

Barnes did however say that sledging was an "ugly downside" of the game, and hoped that this inquest would change the way players went about sledging.

While Sutherland understood Barnes' statement he said players don't overstep the mark often enough for sledging to become a problem at international level.

“If it has become a problem then I would say the umpires are not doing their job,” Sutherland said.

“It’s very clear in the relevant codes of behaviour whether we’re talking about the Cricket Australia code or the international code as to what constitutes behaviour that crosses the line.

“Whether that’s audible obscenities, whether that’s verbal abuse or threatening behaviour.

“Whatever it might be, it’s very clear as to what crosses the line and what doesn’t and if people cross the line than the umpires who are on field should be dealing with that so I don’t believe it’s (a problem).

“(The players) are professionals. I know they talk about it a lot, they think about it a lot, they’re briefed on it a lot and we don’t see a lot of reports for that sort of behaviour.”