Sydney - Australian captain Michael Clarke has resigned as a selector of the
team just hours after coach Mickey Arthur was sacked, a report said
Fairfax Media said Clarke's decision to relinquish his
selection role was part of the coaching restructure that will be
confirmed at a Cricket Australia press conference in England later on
The decision to grant the captain and coach selection
powers was a key part of the far-reaching Argus review into Australian
cricket in 2011.
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Fairfax said Clarke was known to have had
differences of opinion on key selection issues with chairman of
selectors John Inverarity. It added that there was also a view among
certain people in Australian cricket that having the captain as a
selector could erode the relationship between players and their skipper.
relationship with some of his senior players, most notably his former
deputy Shane Watson, has been central to some of the cultural problems
in the Australian team during an unsettling few months, Fairfax said.
Ashes campaign in England lurched into further crisis earlier Monday
just weeks before the series starts when Arthur was sensationally sacked
with Darren Lehmann expected to be announced as his replacement.
Australia will hold a media conference with James Sutherland and (high
performance coach) Pat Howard in Bristol tonight to discuss the coaching
structure of the Australian team," Cricket Australia said in a