Australia’s new broom has outsider’s edge

When one of the latest recruits to the Australian team admits that his cricketing highpoint was fielding as twelfth man at Grace Road, Leicestershire, you might be forgiven for thinking that the game is up. That the fears expressed by many during England’s rampant tour of Australia last winter of declining interest in the sport there generally and, worse, that a collective amnesia of time-honoured principles of excellence, had taken root.

But that recruit, Pat Howard, is not a player, rather a manager and he represents just one of a number of new fibres that makes up the broom that has recently swept through Australian cricket. Howard’s full title, a recommendation that came as a result of the Argus Review, is ‘General Manager Team Performance’ and he joins John Inverarity (Chairman of Selectors), Mickey Arthur (coach) and Michael Clarke (captain) in a revamped management team…….

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