Don Argus report on Australia's fall to be made public

Australia lost to England by an innings and 157 runs in the fourth Ashes Test at Melbourne Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Sydney: Aug 17, 2011

The much-awaited independent report regarding Australia’s poor performance in the last Ashes and fall from the top, headed by BHP Billiton chairman Don Argus, is set to be made public on Thursday.

A committee including former skippers Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor and former ICC chief Malcolm Speed headed by Argus was instigated after Australia lost the Ashes to England last summer, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The recommendations of the review panel will be discussed at a two-day Cricket Australia board meeting which begins on Thursday, August 18.

The panel will also be discussing the future of chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch, who is likely to be replaced by a full-time chairman.

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia’s public affairs general manager Peter Young has stated that the decision to release the recommendations will only be made by board members when the report is tabled.

”We have said to directors that there will be an update at this week’s board meeting. They’ll get a discussion. We’re hoping that it will be a tabling of the team performance review. But the review panel has always said that it’s more important to get this right than to be driven by a particular deadline,” Young said.

The Argus panel has interviewed more than 60 people from within the game and outside on the subjects of selection, the contract structure, coaching and domestic cricket.

”There has never been a more comprehensive or exhaustive look at Australian cricket,” Young said.