Lawson for complete overhaul of Cricket Australia following top-down disintegration

Thursday, February 10, 2011

SYDNEY - Former Australian fast bowler and Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson has called for a complete overhaul of Cricket Australia (CA) following the national team’s slump to No.5 on the Test rankings list.

Lawson also said captain Ricky Ponting needed to be put out to pasture immediately after the World Cup, claiming that poor leadership had led to Australia’s disastrous 3-1 Ashes loss to England.

“It’s what I call a top-down disintegration, it’s started at the top and filtered through. We’ve got to rebuild and if you don’t perform then catch you later, I’m talking about selectors, coaches everybody,” the Herald Sun quoted Lawson, as saying.

“We must draw the line now. With all due respect to Ricky Ponting, who has been one of the top-five batsmen we’ve ever had, it’s time to draw the line. At 36, 37 (years old), it’s time to start a new era,” he added.

The 46-year-old also blamed the national selection panel for creating ‘confusion’ in the Australian camp.

“The players have no idea what our selectors are doing. They have no idea what the selectors want from the players,” Lawson said.

“That is a ridiculous situation to be in, and that’s continued very recently in this World Cup squad. There is a lot of confusion out there,” he added. (ANI)

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