January 31, 2013

Australian cricket

Making sense of the 'Warnifesto'

While Shane Warne's manifesto for Australian cricket might seem radical to some, Gideon Haigh believes it has plenty in common with the current model.

Both rest on the assumption that a renewed period of cricket success is as far away as inserting the right names in a management diagram. Warne's names aren't even that new. Rod Marsh as selector? He is. Mark Taylor as chief executive? Mark Taylor, a director of CA until a couple of months ago, was one of the signatories to the Argus Review which underpins the current approach. A coach chosen on the basis of impressive performances against Australia? It was CA that took this step when they appointed Mickey Arthur eighteen months ago; would Stephen Fleming be so much better?

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