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Captain, coach will join selectors to restore Australia's cricket fortunes

August 20, 2011 - Sydney

The decision to add captain Michael Clarke and the coach to a restructured, five-man selection panel is expected to ignite fierce debate, but the overall message coming out from Cricket Australia after the revealing of the Argus review, is that all have a responsibility to restore Australia's cricket fortunes.

"I think the three [former] captains on there [the review panel] probably would've had a certain view at one stage, interestingly they all came to the view to make that person accountable ... to make those people accountable they need to be selectors, and the board accepted that," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Cricket Australia chairman Jack Clarke, as saying.

Don Argus said poor communication between players and selectors was the reason for the inclusion of the captain and coach as selectors.

"What we've done is to try to get adult conversations going around the panel of the selectors and the players. Normally communication solves most insecurities, and if we achieve that, that will be a huge step forward," he added.

However, this arrangement has caused problems in the past, such as when Michael Slater felt he could not confide in his captain during the 2001 Ashes tour.

Making the head coach a selector makes that a much more powerful position than that of Nielsen's, and it is expected that fielding coach Steve Rixon, former South African and current Western Australia coach Mickey Arthur will be among the applicants.

Former Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody has also been mentioned, but last time the job was up for grabs he withdrew from contention.

Former wicketkeeper Rod Marsh is understood to have expressed interest in the chairman of selectors job, which has at last been made a full-time position, though former chairman Trevor Hohns could be considered, having recently returned to Queensland Cricket.

CA will also appoint a general manager of team performance in the mould of England's team director Hugh Morris, while Greg Chappell has the option of continuing as national talent manager after being stripped of his selection duties.

CA chief executive James Sutherland admitted tensions between players and administrators had at times bubbled over during last summer's Ashes fiasco.

"Whether Greg is happy or not, that's something you can ask him," Sutherland said.

He added: "I've spoken to him ahead of these recommendations being handed down. So he understands what the board has recommended and what it has adopted."

Argus said the first step was to fix the Australian team's culture, but added that climbing the rankings could be a long process.

"There's no silver bullets in any transitions or reform programs ... it's an orderly process," Argus said.

He added: "It's all in the execution now and that's going to be the test. It will take the best part of 18 months before you see the seeds of anything really changing."

Meanwhile, former Australian batsman Dean Jones has signalled his intention to apply for a selector's job, which the report said should ideally be filled by a person with state connections, which means South Australia's Jamie Cox may also lose his job.


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