Oz selectors chief Hilditch’s job is safe for time being

March 11th, 2011 - 2:30 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, Mar 11 (ANI): Chief selector Andrew Hilditch’s job is safe for the time being, as Cricket Australia announced that no decisions would be made until after the review into the team’s poor Ashes campaign was completed in August.

Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland also gave another indication that captain Ricky Ponting would not lose his job despite a third Ashes defeat.

Sutherland said CA was “very comfortable” with Australia’s performances under Ponting.

Former BHP chairman Don Argus will head a five-man panel, which will include former captains Allan Border, Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh, to review Australia’s recent performances in Test cricket, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

No date has been fixed for the findings to be delivered but CA chairman Jack Clarke was hopeful the report could be tabled in August with the view of implementing any changes in time for the start of the next Australian international season in December.

Hilditch will remain as chairman of selectors beyond April, when his contract is due to expire, but his long-term future will be decided by the review.

Clarke said the review was not designed to be a “witch-hunt” but dismissed suggestions that implied Hilditch’s job was safe.

Under Hilditch’s reign, Australia has succumbed to two Ashes defeats, lost to India and last year failed to defeat Pakistan in a Test series in England. (ANI)

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