Melbourne: Despite Australia suffering a humiliating 0-4 Test series whitewash against India, coach Mickey Aurthur is unlikely to be sacked as Cricket Australia has backed him to continue at the job, though the board termed the team performance as "unacceptable".
CA Chief Executive James Sutherland said the team management, including Arthur and national selector John Inverarity, retain the board's support. Arthur, who took charge as coach in November 2011, has a contract until the end of the next World Cup, to be held in Australia and New Zealand in 2015, but has been under pressure after presiding over the country's heaviest defeat in a series in 34 years.
"Like the fans and the players, we all are disappointed with our performances in India. We always knew the conditions would be uniquely tough and we went to India with a team that is young and relatively inexperienced by current international cricket comparison," Sutherland said.
"But it is not acceptable to either Australian cricket fans or to any of us involved to lose so convincingly. While the group has had a difficult month, its resolve has never been higher and I know we will bounce back," he was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald....more
10:04 PM, Mar 25, 2013