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August 19, 2011
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Australian Cricket begins its recovery …
The ABC today reported on the sacking of the Australian Chairman  of Selectors – the man who oversaw the retirements of many great Australian cricketers and presided over the regrowth of new players that precipitated Australian Cricket to fall from number 1 – to the now minnows and ‘prancy-boys’ that are all flash and no dash.

Andrew Hilditch – a selector for a decade or so – is now gone – let it be the first of many changes the Australian Cricket Boardmakes to allow Australian Cricket to begin its long journey back.

The ABC report is posted below – [click here to read on line] – the full Australian Cricket Board review  report can be read on-line here.

Hilditch to quit selection panel

Updated August 19, 2011 16:36:37

Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch has lost his job as part of a wide-ranging review into Australian cricket.

The seven-month review, headed by former BHP Billiton chief Don Argus, recommended that coaching and selection at the elite level of the sport in Australia needed a major overhaul.

Cricket Australia’s (CA) board had decide to act on several key recommendations from the review immediately.

A new chairman of selectors will be appointed on a full-time basis, replacing Hilditch, who only served in a part-time role.

In a statement released by CA, Hilditch says there will always be difficulties handling the Australian squad’s transitional period, but he concedes it had been “a privilege and an honour to serve Australian cricket”.

“I will be making no other public comment on the review and its findings. That is a matter for Cricket Australia to consider and act on as it sees fit,” Hilditch said.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Cricket Australia for the great privilege they bestowed on me when appointing me as a selector some 15 years ago and then five years ago as chairman of the National Selection Panel.

“They were always going to be difficult years as chairman with the exodus of so many great players but I have given it my all and always acted to the best of my ability to achieve the best outcome for Australian cricket.

“Once the new head selector is appointed I look forward to spending a lot more time with family and friends and my growing legal practice.”

The selection panel will be expanded from three members to five and will include two independent selectors, plus the Australia coach and captain.

The report also rules current selector Greg Chappell out of continuing in that role while he remains in his position as national talent manager.

The head coaching role – currently held by Tim Nielsen – has also been expanded and refined.

Nielsen, who is serving a three-year contract, has been given the chance to reapply for the new job.

CA will appoint a new general manager of team performance, responsible for coaching, selection and the Centre of Excellence.

The review was commissioned by CA in the wake of Australia’s home Ashes series flop last summer.

CA chief executive James Sutherland says that although there are no surprises, it was a harsh review and something the sport needed to face up to.

CA chairman Jack Clarke called it a “full, frank and fearless look” into the state of cricket in Australia.

CA decided to make the whole report public, which Clarke says is unusual in the corporate world.

“We didn’t want quick fixes, we wanted to do this properly,” he said.

Clarke says the sustained dominance of the national team over many years had likely masked some problems in the sport, which are only now being addressed.

He says there is no question of “scapegoating” in any of the decisions taken.

Hilditch has been dead-weight for a long time – unable to recognise talent and keeping non-performing players for too long – i.e. Cameron White. The Ponting arrogance and the pretty boy pretender Clarke will not get us there – Ponting is far beyond his best and the backend of his career has been angst and frustrations at having to Captain a team with the champions he inherited – Warne, McGrath, Gilchrist, Haden, Langer etc … watch them all retire and be replaced with much lesser tallent.

The new selections may become superstars – but with 4-5 years worth of failures – all since Tim Neilsen took over from Bucannan as Coach – Australian Cricket is in crisis.

To have England sit atop World Test rankings grates all Australians – but on results they deserve their standing – Australia now need to rebuild some pride and guts – getting rid of prancy-boy Clarke and Neilsen is the next step if Australia is to commence their journey – both do not represent leadership that will bring out the best in players.

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  1. Long-John
    August 20, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Australian Cricket is in the tank – Clark is as you say a ‘prancy-boy’ – but if he does not have the job – who else?

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