Sydney: Australia's under-pressure chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch will be allowed to stay in his job while an extensive review of the national team's performance is completed.
Hilditch, a selector since 1996, came in for heavy criticism after Australia's dismal 3-1 Ashes series loss to England.
But Cricket Australia said the review was not a "witch-hunt" and indicated that Hilditch will stay in the position beyond April, when his contract is due to expire, as it awaits the findings of the review."Because we have to get on with business, the board will keep the current selectors, they will be doing their normal work," Cricket Australia chairman Jack Clarke told reporters Thursday.
"We've got to do contracts, we've got a Bangladesh series, we've got Australia A going to Zimbabwe, we have a Test series in Sri Lanka, all of those will certainly need to be picked before the review comes back."It's just not going to be a witch-hunt, we're looking forward for sustained future success, we're not looking with rearview mirrors.
"The review panel, which has been asked to pinpoint the causes of the team's recent decline in Tests and recommend changes, includes former skippers Allan Border, Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh.It will be chaired by businessman Don Argus, former chairman of mining giant BHP Billiton, with former International Cricket Council and Australian Cricket Board chief executive Malcolm Speed as deputy.
Cricket Australia hopes the review will report back by about August, in time for recommendations to be considered before the 2011-12 Australian international cricket season.Clarke said he did not believe the team's problems were deep-seated."The review's got to come out, we're still No.1 in one-day cricket," he said, before conceding "we did have a bad Ashes loss and we lost the Ashes in 2009 as well, not something we're used to doing".
In January, Hilditch said the only way he would leave his post is if he was sacked, adding that he was doing the best job he possibly could."I have still got the same passion for everything I can give to Australian cricket, I only do it for one reason and that is I love Australian cricket," he said at the time.