Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

'Drained' Taylor quits as Cricket Australia director

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But Taylor, who represented Australia in 104 Tests then was appointed to CA's board in 2004, confirmed at the SCG on Monday that he was quitting as a director.

"The last 18 months has taken it out of me and I think a lot of people in Australian cricket". He added that he had been considering the move since before the release of the Longstaff review which brought the eventual downfall of Peever following pressure from New South Wales.

The absence of Taylor will arguably leave a bigger hole for CA to fill than that created by Peever's resignation, especially when it comes to the various on- field matters referenced by The Ethics Centre.

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"It's been an honour to have an icon of Australian cricket serving on the board of Cricket Australia, and our best wishes go to Mark", Mr Eddings said in a statement.

"Following on from the events in March this year that rocked the cricketing world, and the ongoing damage this created for our game, including vital employer-employee relationships, my principle brief has been to work hard at fostering and restoring a workable, meaningful and respectful understanding between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association, especially at a time both parties were still recovering from the prolonged spirited, vigorous and, sometimes, toxic MoU negotiations dating back to mid-2017". And I've got to the stage where I don't think I can give any more.

The former opener notably played a key role in Steve Smith's appointment as caretaker captain in 2014, when the board blooded Australia's youngest Test captain since Kim Hughes.

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Taylor becomes the latest leading figure to exit the organisation following chief executive James Sutherland and chairman David Peever, with Taylor deciding to move on after the ball-tampering scandal and a scathing review into the governing body.

Calls have been growing for Smith and Warner - who recently padded up in club cricket in Australia - to return to the worldwide fold after a string of poor performances by the national team. "I just had to get the timing right".

Taylor had been touted as a possible successor to board chairman David Peever, who relented last week to pressure to resign after a highly-critical report into the conduct and governance of Cricket Australia. "For the sake of [interim chairman] Earl Eddings and the board going forward, I hope it stops with me".

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The Australian cricket team have recorded their worst ever start to a one day worldwide on home soil.

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