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The Northern Territory news Fri 9 Dec 2011



The Northern Territory news Fri 9 Dec 2011

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52 NT NEWS. Friday, December 9, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 9 -D E C -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 5 2 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au State of play Cricket Australia overhauls board By PAUL MULVEY Wewill make better decisions and hopefully moremoney in the gamegoing down to the grass roots CRICKET Australia will undergo its biggest structural upheaval in more than a century after agreeing to cut its board from 14 stateaffiliated directors to nine independent members. CAs 14 current directors voted unanimously to do away with the self-interest and unbalanced representation of the states and usher in an era of professionalism to administer cricket as a modern business. Under the new model as recommended by the Crawford/Carter review into CAs governance, one board member will come from each of the six states, with three others being appointed on their skills, regardless of where they come from. CA chief executive James Sutherland will also become an executive director, effectively becoming the 10th member of the board. The board voted in favour of the recommendations yesterday and, while the resolution must go back to each state to be ratified, CA chairman Wally Edwards said he was confident it will be passed. Edwards said the changes in the CA boardroom will not translate quickly to the public. They wont notice a lot, Edwards said. But we will make hopefully quicker, better decisions. We will have, hopefully, a more capable board. We will make better decisions and hopefully more money in the game going down to the grass roots. The players union was confident the shake-up would bring tangible benefits to the game. Were going from an amateur administration to a professional administration for a professional sport and thats just got to be a good thing, Australian Cricketers Association president Greg Dyer said. Youll see a much more business-like approach and more accountability. All of this will take a period of time to work its way through. Provided they get the right skills in that grouping of people, you will see the benefits flow to the game of cricket in the future. Edwards said the board would include some cricketers, some from business and possibly media specialists to negotiate TV rights. Australian captain Michael Clarke says selectors considered dropping Phil Hughes for the second Test Hughes needs to deliver By LAINE CLARK THE axe may not have fallen on Phil Hughes for the second transTasman Test but the besieged Australian opener will hardly be breathing a sigh of relief. Australian captain Michael Clarke yesterday scuppered talk of another fitness setback for Shane Watson, saying the allrounder would be back by the Boxing Day Test against India even if only used as an opener. And the looming return of batsman Shaun Marsh from a back complaint only compounds the fact that Hughes needs a big score against New Zealand in Hobart to keep his Test career alive. But a last chance to impress was almost taken away from Hughes, with Clarke admitting there was a long debate about injecting allrounder Dan Christian into the second Test, which starts today. If Christian had played, the outof-sorts Hughes loomed as the likely omission, with Australias other batsmen moving up a rung. A green Bellerive deck convinced selectors they would not require a fourth bowler, ensuring Christian was made 12th man. In the end, selectors stuck with the same XI that thrashed New Zealand by nine wickets in Brisbane but the spotlight remained firmly on Hughes. His unusual technique has led to him being caught behind the wicket for 19 out of 29 dismissals in his 16-Test career. Not surprisingly, Hughes was one of only a handful of Australians in the nets yesterday in an optional training session. He wants to get better I am confident with that attitude he will play more Test matches, Clarke said of Hughes. Asked if there was more pressure on batsmen to perform in Hobart with Watson and Marshs return imminent, Clarke said: Not at all. (But) it is going to be difficult for the batters on day one. Despite admitting he had never seen a grassier Hobart deck, Clarke could not quite bring himself to say he would bowl first if he won the toss. That could ensure a tough opening period for the Australian openers particularly Hughes. Overhead conditions will play a part . . . (but) the two things I find hard are bowling first when I win the toss and not picking a spinner, Clarke said.

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