Argus review recommendations August 24, 2011

Nielsen's stocks rise despite review

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Tim Nielsen's measured response to the release of the Argus review has served to enhance his standing as the Australian team coach, moving Cricket Australia's chief executive James Sutherland to urge his re-application for the job.

The review carried a stinging critique of the skill development and culture of the Australian side under the management of Nielsen and the former captain Ricky Ponting, and openly questioned whether Australia's players had been given the best coaching possible over the period.

"It is critical for the development of elite players' skills, physiology and psychology that they have the right coaches available to assist them," the review stated. "The panel queries whether we do, given the performance decline of the team in the past four years."

However Nielsen's response was to immediately speak publicly in support of the review and its overall intentions, while seeking to keep the squad calm as it digested a wide range of inconvenient truths. Sutherland said Nielsen had risen in the estimation of many by how he had handled such a testy episode.

"I'd seen Tim's comments, I saw his interview before the game the other day and what I was really impressed by was the way in which he's carrying himself, extremely professional," Sutherland told ESPNcricinfo. "As part of that with me being here to meet with him and meet with others, I got a very clear feeling for the fact that other people are saying that as well. So that's great, he's got a good focused attitude and I'm very pleased about that."

Jack Clarke, the CA chairman, was lukewarm in his encouragement of Nielsen to reapply when the report was released last Friday, but Sutherland's view was now that the incumbent would be very seriously considered.

"That's one of the things I've spoken to him about, I'm keen for him to do exactly that," Sutherland said. "What he does over the next little while only demonstrates his commitment and his preparedness to keep getting better."

Having made some inquiries of his own since numerous reports around the release of the review, Sutherland also sought to clarify reports surrounding Greg Chappell's apparently soured relationships with Australian players. He said Chappell's barring from the Australian dressing room at times last summer was only as a result of an internal decree to keep all selectors and management at a distance from the team.

"I didn't know anything about it, but I've since done a little bit of research on that to understand specifically what happened," Sutherland said. "Immediately after the Ashes we went into T20 and one-day mode … and what happened, there were a lot distractions and fall-out after the Ashes.

"We as a group decided that we would keep intruders into the dressing room to an absolute minimum and that included whoever the selectors on duty were at the time, and part of that was because it was right in the midst of selection for the World Cup. We were announcing our World Cup squads and what have you, so all of us made a commitment across the board that management and selectors would spend as little time in the dressing room, and the only time we would be in the dressing room was actually when the team was in the field."

Sutherland said CA had begun the search for the right candidate for the newly-created position of general manager team performance, and would advertise for it this weekend.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ygkd on August 25, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    The comment by Yevghenny about elite cricketers requiring character as much as, or even more than, skill is spot on. That's what's wrong with picking players from appearances in T20s - character is not something that really matters in the shortest form of the game. That selection practice needs a rethink. We have the report. Now we need the implementation. Otherwise everybody is wasting their time, expect perhaps the PR dept. Perhaps that's where I disagree with Yevghenny - sometimes you don't even appear to need skill to get to the top - you just need PR.

  • Meety on August 25, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    I actually felt sick reading the heading! Please Tim, don't reapply!

  • unregisteredalien on August 25, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    Sorry, I just cannot find the words. @hyclass and @loggerfloodles - I agree 100%. @katandthat3, @Governor, @HatsforBats - yup, pretty much with you too. Gah!!

  • ygkd on August 25, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    I think Nielsen seems a decent enough bloke. And he was a good wickie, so I should stick up for him. But no, it's time for him to move on. Perhaps we can loan him to England (unlike most in their camp he was born there by all accounts) so he can help Prior improve his practice sessions?

  • on August 25, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    hahaha @yevghenny you sound like yoda: "the right mentality you need to be a test match player", hmm? made my day!

  • Yevghenny on August 24, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Aussies, it's no easy road back. For England, the likes of Anderson, Broad, Bell, Cook have been getting more and more experience over the last 5 years to get where they are now, not so much ability wise, there's a ton of talented cricketers who never make it at test level, but the right mentality you need to be a test match player. This is why I don't really like these reports, England must have had 3 a year at one point, test cricket is more about character than skill, although you obviously need the skill to get to the very top.

  • Biggus on August 24, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Really.....please, NO. Thank you Tim.

  • on August 24, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Greetings from India,Can see some really angry Aussie Fans here.Just like you guys,I find CA's measures after the Argus Review totally half-baked.Saying "Neilsen,You can feel free to apply for the coaching job again" n "Greg,You can continue as selector till we find another guy.After that you can still be the national talent manager." is ludricious.Allowing the same people behind all the chaos to still be a part of the organisation.Greetings from India,Can see some really angry Aussie Fans here.Just like you guys,I find CA's measures after the Argus Review totally half-baked.Saying "Neilsen,You can feel free to apply for the coaching job again" n "Greg,You can continue as selector till we find another guy.After that you can still be the national talent manager." is ludricious.Allowing the same people behind all the chaos to still be a part of the organisation.

  • loggerfloodles on August 24, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Typical CA. Nielson has gone up in their estimation not because he has improved the performance of the team, but because he has handled the PR well.

  • HatsforBats on August 24, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    Nielsen can apply, as long as he doesn't get the job. He has done nothing to suggest that he is up to standard; all through the Ashes he looked like a stunned mullet. What we need is a hybrid of Border/Warne/Waugh/Buchanan, and he shall be called Rixon.

  • ygkd on August 25, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    The comment by Yevghenny about elite cricketers requiring character as much as, or even more than, skill is spot on. That's what's wrong with picking players from appearances in T20s - character is not something that really matters in the shortest form of the game. That selection practice needs a rethink. We have the report. Now we need the implementation. Otherwise everybody is wasting their time, expect perhaps the PR dept. Perhaps that's where I disagree with Yevghenny - sometimes you don't even appear to need skill to get to the top - you just need PR.

  • Meety on August 25, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    I actually felt sick reading the heading! Please Tim, don't reapply!

  • unregisteredalien on August 25, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    Sorry, I just cannot find the words. @hyclass and @loggerfloodles - I agree 100%. @katandthat3, @Governor, @HatsforBats - yup, pretty much with you too. Gah!!

  • ygkd on August 25, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    I think Nielsen seems a decent enough bloke. And he was a good wickie, so I should stick up for him. But no, it's time for him to move on. Perhaps we can loan him to England (unlike most in their camp he was born there by all accounts) so he can help Prior improve his practice sessions?

  • on August 25, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    hahaha @yevghenny you sound like yoda: "the right mentality you need to be a test match player", hmm? made my day!

  • Yevghenny on August 24, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Aussies, it's no easy road back. For England, the likes of Anderson, Broad, Bell, Cook have been getting more and more experience over the last 5 years to get where they are now, not so much ability wise, there's a ton of talented cricketers who never make it at test level, but the right mentality you need to be a test match player. This is why I don't really like these reports, England must have had 3 a year at one point, test cricket is more about character than skill, although you obviously need the skill to get to the very top.

  • Biggus on August 24, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Really.....please, NO. Thank you Tim.

  • on August 24, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Greetings from India,Can see some really angry Aussie Fans here.Just like you guys,I find CA's measures after the Argus Review totally half-baked.Saying "Neilsen,You can feel free to apply for the coaching job again" n "Greg,You can continue as selector till we find another guy.After that you can still be the national talent manager." is ludricious.Allowing the same people behind all the chaos to still be a part of the organisation.Greetings from India,Can see some really angry Aussie Fans here.Just like you guys,I find CA's measures after the Argus Review totally half-baked.Saying "Neilsen,You can feel free to apply for the coaching job again" n "Greg,You can continue as selector till we find another guy.After that you can still be the national talent manager." is ludricious.Allowing the same people behind all the chaos to still be a part of the organisation.

  • loggerfloodles on August 24, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Typical CA. Nielson has gone up in their estimation not because he has improved the performance of the team, but because he has handled the PR well.

  • HatsforBats on August 24, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    Nielsen can apply, as long as he doesn't get the job. He has done nothing to suggest that he is up to standard; all through the Ashes he looked like a stunned mullet. What we need is a hybrid of Border/Warne/Waugh/Buchanan, and he shall be called Rixon.

  • sifter132 on August 24, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    right on hyclass, discouraging Nielsen now would mean that the contract extension was a poor call - and Sutherland made that call ultimately.

  • jonesy2 on August 24, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    well i said i would like to see steve waugh as coach but to be honest how are we sposed to know if a cricket coach is doing a good job or not? but i would still like someone with a ruthless attitude to be coach.

  • Governor on August 24, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Sutherland's response is a joke. If CA reappoints Tim Nielsen as head coach after the review advises the CA Board to appoint a new head coach with a wider job description, CA will be the biggest laughing stock of all time. Tim Nielsen, Ricky Ponting, Andrew Hilditch, Michael Brown and James Sutherland are responsible for our decline. They place the blame on the retirement of our champions and they keep on placing the blame on the retirement of McGrath and co. Sutherland makes excuses and it is about time to get rid of Sutherland, Brown and Nielsen ASAP!

  • katandthat3 on August 24, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Here I was including every other Aussie cricket supporter with a clue overcome with joy at the findings of the Don review to get Australian back on track and then we read this pig swill (not against Dan but the distressing content!) about Nielson possibly having a chance to get the newly structured job. One big sad joke if that's the case. Nice bloke but Teflon has to go, if he couldn't do the job in the first place, why would his skills suddenly improve out of sight for a job that requires more expertise. If Sutherland and the Board did there job properly Nielson wouldn't have got his job extension in the first place. Pretty much what the other boys have said. Dangerous call but lets hope commonsense prevails.

  • hyclass on August 24, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Of course Sutherland has this view.He was the man who re-employed Nielsen contravention of four years of plummeting results,with individual player records in freefall and publicly expressed player dissatidfaction at an all time high.Calling into question Nielsen, implies the same for Sutherland.Only a man who wished to diminish his own culpability,would find merit in Nielsen and Chappell.Everything Sutherland has said since the reviews release,has been to mitigate its findings,his own guilt and that of those he employed against all reason.His energies would have been better dedicated to the needs of the Australian team rather than his own public image.Its the reason we all thank god for Don Argus.Roll on the administrative review.

  • Ms.Cricket on August 24, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    How can you expect the pot (Sutherland) to call the kettle black (Neilsen)??? Both should be sacked ASAP. (Thank heavens Ricky has gone as captain already). Time for no nonsense people like David Gallop as CEO and someone like Rixon or Lehmann as head coach.

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  • Ms.Cricket on August 24, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    How can you expect the pot (Sutherland) to call the kettle black (Neilsen)??? Both should be sacked ASAP. (Thank heavens Ricky has gone as captain already). Time for no nonsense people like David Gallop as CEO and someone like Rixon or Lehmann as head coach.

  • hyclass on August 24, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Of course Sutherland has this view.He was the man who re-employed Nielsen contravention of four years of plummeting results,with individual player records in freefall and publicly expressed player dissatidfaction at an all time high.Calling into question Nielsen, implies the same for Sutherland.Only a man who wished to diminish his own culpability,would find merit in Nielsen and Chappell.Everything Sutherland has said since the reviews release,has been to mitigate its findings,his own guilt and that of those he employed against all reason.His energies would have been better dedicated to the needs of the Australian team rather than his own public image.Its the reason we all thank god for Don Argus.Roll on the administrative review.

  • katandthat3 on August 24, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Here I was including every other Aussie cricket supporter with a clue overcome with joy at the findings of the Don review to get Australian back on track and then we read this pig swill (not against Dan but the distressing content!) about Nielson possibly having a chance to get the newly structured job. One big sad joke if that's the case. Nice bloke but Teflon has to go, if he couldn't do the job in the first place, why would his skills suddenly improve out of sight for a job that requires more expertise. If Sutherland and the Board did there job properly Nielson wouldn't have got his job extension in the first place. Pretty much what the other boys have said. Dangerous call but lets hope commonsense prevails.

  • Governor on August 24, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Sutherland's response is a joke. If CA reappoints Tim Nielsen as head coach after the review advises the CA Board to appoint a new head coach with a wider job description, CA will be the biggest laughing stock of all time. Tim Nielsen, Ricky Ponting, Andrew Hilditch, Michael Brown and James Sutherland are responsible for our decline. They place the blame on the retirement of our champions and they keep on placing the blame on the retirement of McGrath and co. Sutherland makes excuses and it is about time to get rid of Sutherland, Brown and Nielsen ASAP!

  • jonesy2 on August 24, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    well i said i would like to see steve waugh as coach but to be honest how are we sposed to know if a cricket coach is doing a good job or not? but i would still like someone with a ruthless attitude to be coach.

  • sifter132 on August 24, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    right on hyclass, discouraging Nielsen now would mean that the contract extension was a poor call - and Sutherland made that call ultimately.

  • HatsforBats on August 24, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    Nielsen can apply, as long as he doesn't get the job. He has done nothing to suggest that he is up to standard; all through the Ashes he looked like a stunned mullet. What we need is a hybrid of Border/Warne/Waugh/Buchanan, and he shall be called Rixon.

  • loggerfloodles on August 24, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Typical CA. Nielson has gone up in their estimation not because he has improved the performance of the team, but because he has handled the PR well.

  • on August 24, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Greetings from India,Can see some really angry Aussie Fans here.Just like you guys,I find CA's measures after the Argus Review totally half-baked.Saying "Neilsen,You can feel free to apply for the coaching job again" n "Greg,You can continue as selector till we find another guy.After that you can still be the national talent manager." is ludricious.Allowing the same people behind all the chaos to still be a part of the organisation.Greetings from India,Can see some really angry Aussie Fans here.Just like you guys,I find CA's measures after the Argus Review totally half-baked.Saying "Neilsen,You can feel free to apply for the coaching job again" n "Greg,You can continue as selector till we find another guy.After that you can still be the national talent manager." is ludricious.Allowing the same people behind all the chaos to still be a part of the organisation.

  • Biggus on August 24, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Really.....please, NO. Thank you Tim.