Sutherland points finger at high-performance system

Cricket Australia chief executive, James Sutherland, has called into question the effectiveness of Australia's high-performance system, after the national team's dismal failure to come to terms with conditions in the recent 3-0 whitewash defeat in the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy in Sri Lanka.

The CEO ordered a review of Australia's performance to be conducted with urgency, in the immediate aftermath of the defeat, and that process is already underway.

Despite the review process being underway, Sutherland believes the lack of adaptability in the team is down to failings in the high-performance system.

Sutherland told Fairfax Media: "Are some of the fundamental things that we are doing to prepare our players to perform well and be highly competitive in subcontinental conditions passing the test?

"I think that's where the review gets a little bit more meaty and challenging and more fundamental, going right down into questioning our high-performance systems as well."

Sutherland's criticisms come just days after former Test opener Matthew Hayden launched a scathing attack on the team, claiming coach Darren Lehmann and CA's team performance manager Pat Howard have too much power over the team. Hayden labelled the system 'absolute horses**t'.

Sutherland added: "In 10 years' time when we tour India there is a pool of hundreds of players that could be on that tour."

The CEO added: "To be a bona fide international cricketer in this day and age you need to be able to adapt to conditions in Australia, conditions in England, conditions in the subcontinent … wherever you play,

"And that adaptability is something that needs to be reviewed because some are adapting and some aren't."

 

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