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    Hilditch, Chappell and Nielsen lose jobs as part of Argus review

    Cricket Australia's Argus Review has claimed several big scalps, including selectors Andrew Hilditch, Greg Chappell, and coach Tim Nielsen. As part of a wide-ranging change in the structure of Australian cricket, the positions of Chappell, Hilditch and Nielsen have been abolished. The new-look five-man selection panel will consist of a full-time selector, two part-time selectors as well as the coach and captain.

    The move ends Hilditch's role as chairman of selectors and, given he was a part-time selector under the old structure, he is unable to fill the new role of full-time selector.
    But he will be considered should he apply for the role of part-time selector under the new structure.

    The report also rules current selector Greg Chappell out of continuing in that role while he remains in his position as national talent manager. Under a new coaching structure, the head coach will be a selector in a more elevated role with more authority and accountability than the current coach's role.

    Cricket Australia chairman Jack Clarke said Nielsen would be considered as a candidate for the new head coaching role. A new general manager of team performance will also be appointed, responsible for coaching, selection and the Centre of Excellence.

    The seven-month review, headed by former BHP Billiton chief Don Argus, recommended that coaching and selection at the elite level of the sport in Australia needed a major overhaul. The review was commissioned by CA in the wake of Australia's home Ashes series flop last summer.

    CA chief executive James Sutherland said that although there were no surprises, it was a harsh review and something the sport needed to face up to.

    Clarke called it a "full, frank and fearless look" into the state of cricket in Australia.

    CA decided to make the whole report public, which Clarke said was unusual in the corporate world.

    "We didn't want quick fixes, we wanted to do this properly," he said.

    Clarke said the sustained dominance of the national team over many years had likely masked some problems in the sport which were only now being addressed.

    "It is clear with the wisdom of hindsight that there are some issues that could have been addressed earlier. In many ways we were victims of our own success. It is quite clear the world has moved on and a system that once worked is now in need of change."

    He said there was no question of "scapegoating" in any of the decisions taken. Clarke thanked the players and officials who took part in the review, who he said "presented frankly and the common thread amongst interviewees was a passion for Australian cricket."

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    Bye bye Hildud, don't let the door hit you you on the arse

    Same goes for Coach Clueless

    Re-instate the Kat!

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