Rod Marsh steps down as chairman of selectors after Australia's humiliating series loss against South Africa

After South Africa took a 2-0 lead in the three-match series, coach Darren Lehmann said that only four players were safe in the current squad.

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2016, 15:38 PM IST
Rod Marsh steps down as chairman of selectors after Australia's humiliating series loss against South Africa

New Delhi: Australian cricket team's chairman of selectors on Wednesday stepped down from his post after the team's fifth consecutive loss in Tests.

The move came after Proteas defeated Australia by an innings and 80 runs at Hobart. The Faf du Plessis-led side had won the opening match by an innings and 177 runs.

Meanwhile, earlier, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has rejected clarion calls for a formal review and said the game was in "good shape" despite the test team`s fifth successive test defeat.

Local media have called for a root-and-branch review into the national set-up, five years after the Argus report brought sweeping changes in the wake of Australia`s seismic 3-1 defeat to England in the home Ashes series of 2010/11.

Sutherland, however, attempted to hose down the sense of crisis while putting the onus on the players to dig Australia out of its hole.

"I don`t think there needs to be another review," the long-serving boss told reporters in Hobart. "(The Argus review) provides a strong blueprint and a reference point for us to look at where we`ve come from and where we are.

"It has certainly served Australian cricket well over the course of the last few years. We`ve risen to be number one in the world in test cricket and one-day cricket. We`ve won a World Cup post the team performance review.

"Ultimately, that`s a decision for the board as to if I`m the right person to lead, but ... broadly speaking, Australian cricket is in good shape."

Steve Smith and his men were defeated in all departments of the game by South Africa, who now have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Australia are now staring at a 3-0 whitewash against South Africa. The third Test is scheduled to be played at Adelaide Oval from November 24.