Former Test wicketkeeper Ian Healy has called for a clean-out of the Australian team coaching ranks, arguing that the dumped Mickey Arthur should not be the only staffer to be cut.
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Arthur is on his way back to Australia after having his contract terminated little more than a fortnight away from the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

The South African has been made the scapegoat for a deteriorating set-up that combined poor on-field performances with disharmony and ill-discipline off it, but Healy says others should also be accountable.

While Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland and high performance boss Pat Howard have already had to answer questions about their own positions, the 119-Test gloveman said others in the team coaching structure should be scrutinised.

Healy said new head coach Darren Lehmann should consider replacing the batting coach Michael Di Venuto, who has only been in the job for four months, as well as bowling mentor Ali de Winter and fielding coach Steve Rixon.

“There should be some staff in that team and some players that are a bit sheepish this morning,” Healy told Channel Nine’s Today programme.

“We lost 4-0 in India having won the toss and got the best of the batting conditions and did nothing. So there’s a batting coach there and I think Darren Lehmann could do worse than get rid of the batting, bowling and fielding coaches and put on another former player and run the show himself with a partner.

“We have allowed a lot of people in Australian cricket in the last 18 months at different times to under-perform and they don’t even think that they’re in the gun. That could be the problem.”

Healy also indicated that those further up the power chain at CA would surely have their own jobs assessed if Australia were badly beaten in the Ashes series.

“I guess they’ll be looked at the end of the Ashes if nothing happens. So lots of players and the administrators themselves will be looked at,” he said.

Healy applauded the appointment the Lehmann, a former Australian teammate.

“Darren Lehmann will be good. I think he’s got a great ability to relax players and I think he will really crunch some basics back into them,” he said.

“They need to do what Bobby Simpson did with the Australian cricket team in the mid-to-late eighties and really get some repetitious basics of fielding, short catching and long catching, batting, bowling, and then concentration and mental application in performances so that we start making runs like Michael Clarke has been doing and we take some wickets and bowl with sustained pressure. If we are going to lose games we’re going to be very hard to beat”.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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