‘I have very little respect’ for Cricket Australia, says Steve Rixon

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“They interfere basically with a lot of the cricket decisions over the period of time and I don’t necessarily agree with that”

Australia assistant coach Steve Rixon, who was sacked just the other day, has announced that he has “very little respect” for Cricket Australia since they kept on interfering in decisions that had already been made.

Rixon noted that he did not see anything wrong with head coach Darren Lehmann’s vision of hiring a number of specialist consultants, but he did take a jab at high performance manager Pat Howard.

“I’m not getting into a slinging match…I have very little respect for the organisation, so I think we best just leave it there,” Rixon said on Sky Sports Radio. “I don’t like a lot of things they do. They interfere basically with a lot of the cricket decisions over the period of time and I don’t necessarily agree with that.

“It’s none of my business. At the end of the day, I do what I do, I go out and do it to the best I know how. But it’s probably just draining and the one thing I’ve lived my cricket life with is a major passion for the game.”

When asked if Howard was the main person he had a problem with throughout his tenure as assistant coach, Rixon said: “Let me say, I hope he was a good rugby player.”

Rixon also praised Lehmann and captain Michael Clarke for turning Australia’s fortunes around in such a short period of time.

“With Michael now being very content with where he is, Boof’s obviously come in with a stronger approach to that,” he said. “That’s why I think cricket’s in a very good shape with Australia, we’re starting to get all those bits and pieces.

“Darren will eventually get a team around him that he’s very, very comfortable with and that’s fine. That’s the way life is, that’s the way it is with coaching. He’s come in with some heavy hands and he’s done a very good job in actually sorting a few of these things out and I complimented him for that. If he continues down this road, he’ll get the best out of this Australian cricket team.”

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