Cul­ture shock for CA

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This spot last week fin­ished with the sledge aimed at David Warner — “You're a dis­grace, you shouldn't be play­ing cricket” — say­ing it could rightly be ap­plied to Cricket Aus­tralia in its en­tirety and the ques­tion was asked: How the hell can they change that cen­tury-old cul­ture? Well, the an­swer is slowly be­ing re­vealed, even if it re­sem­bles a car­cass be­ing picked to pieces by vul­tures, one rot­ting morsel at a time. As one ob­server tweeted this week: “A cap­tain banned. A vice cap­tain banned. An opener banned. A coach quit. A CEO re­tires. A chair­man quits. A di­rec­tor quits. And now it looks like two se­nior ex­ec­u­tives have gone ... It’s a war zone.” Those se­nior ex­ecs where high per­for­mance boss Pat Howard (the for­mer Wal­la­bies star) and Ben Amarfio, head of com­mer­cial oper­a­tions. Howard was re­placed by Belinda Clark on an in­terim ba­sis and there’s a loud call for the for­mer women’s cap­tain to be given a stronger voice still. Clark is one of the most re­spected peo­ple in Aus­tralian cricket — male or fe­male. It ap­pears peo­ple are fi­nally wak­ing up to the root cause of that coun­try’s fall from cricket grace: the ag­gres­sive, ma­cho, junk­yard dog cul­ture that has de­fined how the sport in that coun­try is played; a trait that has spilled over into the way the game is man­aged. Putting a woman in charge is the ob­vi­ous first step to­wards

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