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Geoff Lawson

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David- you obviously do not know James Sutherland well at all. He manipulated the Argus Committee by appointing himself to it so he could keep his job . Then he made horrendous appointments including a rugby person to run a cricket playing operation – the net result is what we have today in playing standards and behaviour . His leaving CA is the best possible way forward. Howard will go but that exit needs to be accelerated otherwise it will just be a wasted year. Add Peever to that exit and Australian cricket has a real chance of rejuvenation sooner rather than much later . Sutherland was the executive leader of the “ controlling , bullying culture ..” as the review underlined in bold . He will not be missed .

Cricket Australia cops a major uppercut from the independent review

Sunshinecoaster makes a good point in reference to the ” hard work ” that Watson put in on the sub-continent. Hard work is supposed to be rewarded, especially when accompanied by results. Apart from the pure selection philosophy of Watson v Symonds, the wet weather in southern QLD always produces a seaming Gabba pitch. This makes the Watson selection a no brainer.

The other question relates to the spin blowing position. Australia have not played a finger spinner at the Gabba since G Matthews ( who made a maiden Test ton but didn’t take wickets ) in 1991 and Ashely Mallett!! In fact Jim Higgs was preferred to’ Rowdy ‘ Mallet in the first Kiwi Test of 1980. Krezja did wonderful things at Nagpur, but the ‘Gabba is not the place for him. The selectors need to have a good long look at themselves because they are getting it very wrong at the moment.

Symonds recall opens cracks for the Black Caps