Cricket Australia to launch review after Sri Lanka whitewash

Cricket Australia to launch review after Sri Lanka whitewash
James Sutherland has questioned Australia's ability to play in the sub-continental conditions.
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Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland said that the board will launch a review after the team suffered a 3-0 whitewash in the Test series against Sri Lanka.

With a tour of India scheduled in the upcoming months, Australia need to find answers quickly if they are to better their record in Asian conditions.

Australia's sub-continent record has been significantly below par in the recent times and Sutherland feels that the high-performance systems need to be questioned for the failure.

“Are some of the fundamental things that we are doing to prepare our players to perform well and be highly competitive in subcontinental conditions passing the test?” Sutherland said in comments published by Fairfax Media.

“I think that’s where the review gets a little bit more meaty and challenging and more fundamental, going right down into questioning our high-performance systems as well.”

As a result of the 3-0 whitewash, Australia lost out on their number one ranking but the stark difference in results of the team elsewhere and in the subcontinent poses a puzzling picture.

According to Sutherland, the board will also review why players are unable to adapt to the subcontinent conditions.

“To be a bona fide international cricketer in this day and age you need to be able to adapt to conditions in Australia, conditions in England, conditions in the subcontinent ... wherever you play,” he said.

“And that adaptability is something that needs to be reviewed because some are adapting and some aren’t.”

Earlier this month former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden also faulted the high-performance system for the failure to build a strong team culture and having too much power over the team selections.

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