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James Sutherland, Cricket Australia CEO

Australia news

James Sutherland questions CA high performance arm

James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia chief executive, has narrowed his focus on high performance failings as a reason for the national team's dire recent displays in Asian Test matches

Steven Smith and his team look despondent at the post-match presentation

Australia news

Familiarity in Asia not helping - Sutherland

James Sutherland was left mystified after Australia's Test team performed so poorly in the recent Sri Lanka series despite spending more time in Asia than just about any generation of cricketers before them

Australia high performance chief Pat Howard at Grace Road

Australia news

Pat Howard sidelined in MOU talks

Australia's team performance manager Pat Howard will play a reduced role in talks over the next payment deal between the players and Cricket Australia

Marcus Harris steers one to the off side during his 84

Australia news

Australia cricketers oppose CA XI in Matador Cup

Australia's cricketers have stated their opposition to the use of Cricket Australia development teams in domestic competitions, heightening scrutiny around the CA XI to take part in this year's Matador Cup

Adam Zampa goes through his bowling drill

Australia in Sri Lanka 2016

Australian spin triad on cards for India

Australia are considering a triad of spinners for next year's tour to India as a result of a Sri Lankan humiliation the coach Darren Lehmann dubbed "reasonably" embarrassing for the national side

Dinesh Chandimal stumped Steven Smith off Rangana Herath

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, SSC, 5th day

'Outplayed in every facet of the game' - Smith

Steven Smith apologised to travelling supporters for having to witness an ugly 3-0 defeat, before saying the touring batsmen and spin bowlers had a lot of thinking to do ahead of next year's trip to India

Steven Smith and his team look despondent at the post-match presentation

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, SSC, 5th day

Clueless Australia need a cultural shift

Australia did not begin to win Tests in Asia until touring teams went to greater lengths to understand the region. The current team, humiliated once again in Colombo, has lapsed back into old mindsets under Cricket Australia's watch

Jon Holland bowls at a practice session while Nathan Lyon looks on

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, SSC, 4th day

Lyon, Holland fail to seize narrative

With the plot of the Test yet to be written by the team that took the initiative, Australia's spinners adjusted to their detriment, thereby conceding the advantage to the hosts