CA boss James Sutherland says 4-0 thrashing by India `not acceptable`
Sydney: Criticising the Australian team over their flop show in India, Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland has said that the team`s 4-0 defeat in the Border-Gavaskar series is not acceptable.
Stating that although the national team management, which includes coach Mickey Arthur, John Inverarity and Pat Howard, still retains the full support of CA, Sutherland, however, said that to lose so convincingly is not acceptable to either the board or Australian cricket fans, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
However, the CA chief executive said that even in spite of the difficult month in India, the resolve of the team is still high, adding that he is confident that the team will bounce back to be in the No.1 spot in the world again.
Insisting that Arthur, Howard and national selector Inverarity were not being replaced, Sutherland said that even though the board knew that the conditions would be tough in India, they sent a team that is young and relatively inexperienced by current international cricket comparison.
Sutherland dismissing speculation about Queensland coach Darren Lehmann being considered as a replacement for Arthur, saying that the board continued to back the tough stance taken by Arthur, captain Michael Clarke and team manager Gavin Dovey in Mohali to suspend four players.
He added that the move was necessary to correct a slipping team culture.
However, Sutherland admitted that there were a number of issues to review`, including the team`s poor batting, ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy in June and then the Ashes in England in July and August, adding that the board has since endorsed a tougher approach to team discipline sought by the team leadership group.