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Paine not keen to sit on selection panel

Tim Paine does not wish to formally join the selection panel, one of the 2011 Argus review recommendations that Cricket Australia has failed to follow.

Paine not keen to sit on selection panel

Tim Paine does not wish to formally join the selection panel, one of the 2011 Argus review recommendations that Cricket Australia has failed to follow.

TIM PAINE of Australia during the 4th Sunfoil Test match between South Africa and Australia at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.
TIM PAINE of Australia during the 4th Sunfoil Test match between South Africa and Australia at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. Picture:Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Highlighted in two independent reports commissioned by Cricket Australia in the past eight years, the spotlight is once again on the selection process as Tim Paine declares he has no interest in joining the panel.

Justin Langer, Trevor Hohns and Greg Chappell will soon settle on the squad that will seek to defeat Sri Lanka in a two-Test series and restore some pride after Australia's first Test series loss at home to India.


Incumbent batsmen and Test aspirants will endure a nervous wait by the phone, hoping for good news until the squad is named on Wednesday.

The Argus review, prompted by the 2010-11 home Ashes failure, and Ethics Centre review, a by-product of the Cape Town cheating scandal, both covered the topic of selection in depth.

The 2011 review called for the national coach and captain to sit on an extended selection panel, with businessman Don Argus noting the change was intended to "get adult conversations going around the panel of the selectors and the players" and that "communication solves most insecurities".

Michael Clarke was installed as a selector soon after but relinquished that responsibility in 2013 as part of the shake-up that followed homeworkgate.

"I've got enough on my plate at the moment," Paine said.

"I'm happy when I'm asked my opinion and will give it. Happy with that."

It comes as more and more players go public with their discontent.

Ashton Agar described recent communication as vague after his ODI axing, while Nathan Coulter-Nile noted he was "getting some mixed messages" and "communication used to be a little bit better" after he was left out of the ODI squad.

"I've personally never had an issue. The selectors are doing their best to communicate with everyone," Paine said.

"When players get dropped they are normally not too happy, so it's a difficult situation."

The Argus review, completed by a five-person panel that included former skippers Allan Border, Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor, also called for players to be given appropriate feedback and the chairman of selectors to function as the "HR manager of Australian cricket".

"In particular by communicating proactively with those with the potential to play for Australia," the report noted.

"There was significant negative feedback from numerous stakeholders about our selection function."

The Ethics Centre flagged how players were made to feel like commodities, recommending the "management of players joining and leaving elite teams be improved so that the processes are respectful and compassionate".

"You get dropped by phone - who else loses their job over the phone?", an unnamed player said in the 2018 report.

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