Argus review recommendations August 19, 2011

I'm supportive of this process - Nielsen

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Tim Nielsen, the Australia coach, has said he is firmly in support of whatever measures are taken to improve cricket in the country despite the uncertainty over his future because of the recommendations made in the Don Argus report.

"The review's been done with the sole purpose of improving and getting Australian cricket back to where we want to be, at No.1, and that's what we're all about as a team and especially in my role as coach, that's what I'm all about," Nielsen said in Colombo on the eve of the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka. "I'm supportive of this process; I just need some time to ensure that we go through this process and get all the information before we start making too much comment."

The Argus report recommended that the coach's role be expanded to make him the leader of the overall coaching strategy for Australian cricket. The coach, along with the captain, will also be part of the five-member selection panel. However, it is not certain that Nielsen will be the man to fill the expanded role. Jack Clarke, CA's chairman, said "in a restructure, you don't just give someone the job in a new role" but added that Nielsen was welcome to re-apply for the role.

"I think the most important thing is it's been an exhaustive look at how we're going to get Australian cricket back to where it wants to be, No.1 in all forms of the game," Nielsen said. "You don't do that by skirting around the edges and having nice, feel-good looks at things and hoping you're going to fix things up by doing them the same way. We are 100,000% behind Australia being the best cricket team in the world and we're going to start that process by winning again tomorrow and pushing on from there."

Michael Clarke, Australia's Test and ODI captain, said that one of the major aspects of the Argus report was its emphasis on the necessity for an improvement in communication. "The positive from that is it allows the communication between selectors and players to be very clear now," he said. "It allows me to give the player the consistent feedback the player is probably searching for and to let him know the reasons for his selection or non-selection. It certainly makes me more accountable now and I look forward to the challenge."

Another fallout of the Argus report was the removal of Greg Chappell, the national talent manager, from the selection committee. According to the Daily Telegraph, Chappell was banned from the Australian dressing room while the team was batting, because he was a disconcerting influence. Clarke, however, said he had no problems with Chappell.

"My communications with Greg have been fantastic. He's been open and honest with me and I've been able to do the same back in return," he said. "My relationship with all the selectors has been fantastic and I'm certain that will continue."

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  • Andrew on August 21, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    @hyclass - there is another reveiw currently in place that is looking at the corporate governance of Cric Oz & the Board inc Sutherland & others will be facing their judgement day I believe (soon)!

  • Andrew on August 21, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    @StraightHit - my thoughts exactly re: timing. It had to be a major distraction - full credit to the boys for winning,, although I think there are some distractions in the SL camp arising from Sanga's great Lord's speech! @Prem_Baba - don't recall India being all that strong prior to Chappell's involvement!!!! @Winsome - what the..?????? @AidanFX - I think the writing was on the wall (for nielsen) once Rixon scored the "Fielding Coach" position. I will be amazed if Rixon is not the next Oz Head Coach - even on an interim basis! @hyclass/Governor - what's wrong with Belinda Clarke as GM???? @hyclass re: Rixon, as I said on another article, Rixon was at the end of his career(about 32 I think, which in those days was about retirement age), there were a bunch of young up & coming keepers coming thru (Zoeherer & Healy), I think he just went & secured his financial future, I don't begrudge the WIndies players who did that & they had BETTER reasons not to go!

  • Christopher on August 21, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    Have people forgotten Rixons past?When australia were desperately short of players,in the pre-professional era,following the retirements of Chappell,Lillee and Marsh,he abandoned his country to go on the Rebel Tour of SA.The subsequent 1985 side sent to England,was the weakest in history.Is he really the right man to be coaching Australia?

  • Christopher on August 20, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Well said @Governor...Nielsen still sounds like he sees himself as part of the solution 4 years after taking them from number 1 to number 5. All i can do is shake my head in dislbelief.Theres a fair amount of hypocrisy in Jack Clarkes statements and by a fair amount,think,Vesuvius erupting on Pompeii in 79AD. How have Jack Clarke and Sutherland survived to be the hangmen of others? I always thought water flowed downhill.

  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    STEVE WAUGH should be the australian coach as he started his career when they r in same state as know so he can build a team as he knows well what players r going through after defeats & also high profile contributor to AUSSIES cricket

  • Aidan on August 20, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    I tend to agree with StraightHit - but the pig picture is more important than one tour. I am fairly ceertain Neilson will lose his spot. Surely the CA will act on these recommendations

  • Paul on August 19, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    They have to replace Tim Nielsen with Steve STUMPER RIXON..Bring in RW Marsh as Chairman of Selectors and Trevor Hohns as the General Manager of Team Performance. If they appoint Belinda Clark in the GM Role, I think CA is a complete joke!!!

  • Lou on August 19, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Michael Clarke really is a bomb. Still yapping away with the positivity. Of course he gets on well with the selectors, they give him whatever he wants, regardless of his form.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    They should get Moore the coach before Flower took over as english coach. Seems like a good coach

  • Shanmuga on August 19, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    I wish Greg Chappell takes over as the coach of England soon! ;-) It'll then be interesting to find if he can perform a hattrick in destabilising winning teams!

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