Sydney, Mar 7: Australian selection chairman John Inverarity needs to be held accountable for making several selection gaffes during the ongoing Test series against India, according to cricket writer, Robert Craddock.
“To an extent you can understand why John Inverarity left India after Australia’s second Test loss without saying a word to the media. How can you explain the inexplicable?” Craddock wrote in his column for News.com.au
“The fact Australia’s selection chairman stayed so silent during two demoralising losses says everything about the chastening reality that he has simply run out of answers,” he added.
“Inverarity was a Perth school principal who brought a headmaster’s imposing bearing to a tough job. For all his strident self-belief, he now appears to be deeply feeling the pressure to be accountable in a vastly different world from the one he left,” he further wrote.
Craddock added in his column: “School principals can hide by simply shutting their door. The chairman of selectors of a team millions of Australians feel they own needs to be accountable. Sometimes it hurts. Sometimes it’s humiliating.”
“Facing the fire is the reason why the chairman is paid a six-figure salary and the other selectors get about half as much,” he said.
“If Australia’s summer has proved anything it is that the new five-man selection panel is too unwieldy and Michael Clarke should never have been made a selector,” he added.
“Australia’s selection panel was expanded after the Argus Report, which argued strongly that the coach should be a selector,” he further wrote.
“Cricket Australia wanted to make sure new coach Mickey Arthur had added gravitas. It did not want the captain to be less powerful than the coach, so Clarke was promoted to the panel. That was the last thing he needed,” he concluded. (ANI)