Ex-captains to review Australian cricket

Australian cricketers are seen here enjoying a light moment during a team photo session in Bangalore, on March 9. Australian cricket chiefs have enlisted the help of three of the country’s greatest Ashes captains to find out why the Test team imploded in their last major battle against England.

Ex-captains to review Australian cricket

Sydney: Mar 10, 2011

Australian cricket chiefs enlisted the help of three of the country’s greatest Ashes captains to find out why the Test team imploded in their last major battle against England.

Allan Border, Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh, who led Australia to their most sustained period of Ashes dominance, will be part of a team performance review panel commissioned by Cricket Australia (CA).

The review panel is charged with working out what has gone so wrong following beatings, including Australia’s 3-1 Ashes defeat in the series that ended in January, and what needs to be done to reverse the decline.

“The review group has been asked to understand the causes of the Australian cricket team s recent performance decline in Test matches and recommend changes to deliver sustained success,” CA said in a statement.

The panel will be headed by Don Argus, former chairman of Anglo-Australian miner BHP Billiton while former International Cricket Council and Australian Cricket Board chief executive Malcolm Speed will be his deputy.

While the review aims to improve Australia’s performances in one-day and Twenty20 cricket as well as in Tests, it was sparked by the heavy Ashes series loss and Australia’s slump from No.1 to fifth in the Test rankings.

“The catalyst for the review was our poor performance in the Ashes and probably losing the Ashes two series in a row,” CA chairman Jack Clarke said.

The panel members will consult and interview current Australian team members, coaching staff and selectors, as well as state cricket organisations.

“The review will be wide-ranging. Although it’s been called an Australian team review it will look really at our elite systems,” Clarke said.

The review may also examine the set-ups of Australia’s cricketing rivals or of other sports in Australia.

Long-serving former captains Border, Taylor and Waugh headed the team successively before current captain Ricky Ponting took the reins.

Between them, the three led Australia to eight straight Ashes series wins from 1989 to 2002-03.

The panel is expected to report back to Australian cricket’s top body in the second half of this year, in time for its recommendations to be implemented for the 2011-12 international cricket season.

Sydney: Mar 10, 2011

Australian cricket chiefs enlisted the help of three of the country’s greatest Ashes captains to find out why the Test team imploded in their last major battle against England.

Allan Border, Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh, who led Australia to their most sustained period of Ashes dominance, will be part of a team performance review panel commissioned by Cricket Australia (CA).The review panel is charged with working out what has gone so wrong following beatings, including Australia’s 3-1 Ashes defeat in the series that ended in January, and what needs to be done to reverse the decline.

“The review group has been asked to understand the causes of the Australian cricket team s recent performance decline in Test matches and recommend changes to deliver sustained success,” CA said in a statement.The panel will be headed by Don Argus, former chairman of Anglo-Australian miner BHP Billiton while former International Cricket Council and Australian Cricket Board chief executive Malcolm Speed will be his deputy.

While the review aims to improve Australia’s performances in one-day and Twenty20 cricket as well as in Tests, it was sparked by the heavy Ashes series loss and Australia’s slump from No.1 to fifth in the Test rankings.”The catalyst for the review was our poor performance in the Ashes and probably losing the Ashes two series in a row,” CA chairman Jack Clarke said.The panel members will consult and interview current Australian team members, coaching staff and selectors, as well as state cricket organisations.

“The review will be wide-ranging. Although it’s been called an Australian team review it will look really at our elite systems,” Clarke said.The review may also examine the set-ups of Australia’s cricketing rivals or of other sports in Australia.Long-serving former captains Border, Taylor and Waugh headed the team successively before current captain Ricky Ponting took the reins.

Between them, the three led Australia to eight straight Ashes series wins from 1989 to 2002-03.The panel is expected to report back to Australian cricket’s top body in the second half of this year, in time for its recommendations to be implemented for the 2011-12 international cricket season.

AFP