8 Jan 2011

Australian cricket to go through thorough review

6:26 am on 8 January 2011

Australian cricket will subject itself to a thorough review of the management and planning that led to a 3-1 defeat in the Ashes series, though none of the principle personnel are prepared to accept blame for the result.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland, coach Tim Nielsen and chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch all spoke in the aftermath of a third innings defeat for the series, and all have insisted they had done the best job they could.

Sutherland spoke bluntly about the fact that CA could not expect to keep doing the same things and reap a better result in the next Ashes series in 2013, but there seems little likelihood of sweeping change.

Hilditch has expressed the desire to keep selecting teams beyond the conclusion of his contract after the limited overs World Cup, Nielsen is contracted for another three years, and Sutherland appears to have no intention of moving.

Sutherland insists the review's terms of reference would reach wider than simply the events to befall the players chosen by Hilditch and coached by Nielsen.