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Cricket Australia Orders Two Reviews After 3-1 Home Ashes Loss

Cricket Australia ordered independent reviews of the governance of the sport in the country and national team performance following the 3-1 Ashes loss to England last month.

The Melbourne-based governing body said today the two separate reviews would begin later this month and wants them completed by its annual general meeting in October.

“We will confirm the names of review participants once the scoping has been agreed and before they start discussions with the wide range of stakeholders involved in the respective issues,” Cricket Australia Chairman Jack Clarke said in an e-mailed statement.

The move mirrors that made by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2007 after England lost an Ashes series 5-0 for the first time in 86 years. While it’s not yet known who will conduct the review into team performance, former Australian Football League commissioner Colin Carter and David Crawford, who led a government-funded inquiry into soccer in Australia in 2002, will assist with the governance review, Clarke said.

Australia’s 3-1 Ashes defeat was its first home loss to England for 24 years and worst series reverse since 1988-89. The touring team only had to bat once in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney as Australia lost three matches in a series by more than an innings for the first time in 134 years of Test cricket.

“The reviews will get underway once the terms of reference, scope and timelines have been finalized by the independent consultants to be engaged by the board,” Clarke added.

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