Ex- Test se­lec­tor says it’s time for change at the top

Townsville Bulletin - - Cricket -

A FOR­MER Test s el ec­tor s ays Cricket Aus­tralia must em­bark on a gen­er­a­tional purge by ax­ing se­lec­tion boss Andrew Hilditch and or­der­ing Ricky Ponting to hand the cap­taincy to Michael Clarke af­ter the World Cup.

The stance from John Be­naud comes ahead of a cru­cial CA board meet­ing to­mor­row, with the 14 panel mem­bers to pri­mar­ily dis­cuss the game’s struc­ture, fis­cal mod­els.

Also high on the agenda will be piec­ing to­gether the puz­zle that is the new Big Bash do­mes­tic league amid rev­e­la­tions the six states have yet to sign par­tic­i­pa­tion agree­ments.

But equally per­ti­nent is the blue­print for Aus­tralian cricket’s re­vival fol­low­ing the 3-1 Ashes maul­ing that has put key fig­ures such as Hilditch

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and and coach Tim Nielsen un­der mi­cro­scope.

CA woul d f a c e a n e s t i mat e d $ 6 0 0 , 0 0 0 p a y o u t b y j e t t i s o n i n g Nielsen, who is con­tracted un­til the 2013 Ashes. And the men en­trusted with plot­ting Aus­tralia’s path ahead face a tough de­ci­sion on Hilditch, who is off-con­tract af­ter the World Cup but is seek­ing a new term as chair­man of se­lec­tors.

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Be n a u d s a y s t h e p o s i t i o n o f Hilditch, who suc­ceeded chair­man Trevor Hohns in April 2006 and has been a se­lec­tor for 15 years, had be­come un­ten­able.

‘‘ If Greg Chap­pell is the full-time se­lec­tor, you’d have to think he should be the chair­man mov­ing for­ward," said Be­naud, part of the se­lec­tion panel that handed Shane Warne his Test de­but in 1992.

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