James Sutherland says T20, Howard cannot be blamed for Ashes failure

Sydney: Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has said that team performance GM Pat Howard could not be blamed for the nation`s recent failure in the Ashes, along with the T20 boom in the country`s domestic circuit.

According to a website, Sutherland revealed that a system to improve pitches was being developed and a lot of work needed to be done in the batting department, along with the spinners.

The chief executive said that Mickey Arthur`s appointment as coach had not worked out but sometimes these things happened.

Sutherland said that over the world, countries play a T20 competition and this was not unique to Australia, and therefore could not be blamed for player failure.