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CA boss Sutherland not standing down

AAP logoAAP 15/11/2016 Rob Forsaith

Chief executive James Sutherland says his future is a matter for Cricket Australia's board.

Sutherland admitted his organisation needs to ask all manner of questions after a "very significant fall from grace".

Australia have lost their past five ODIs and past five Tests, most recently being skittled for 85 in an innings-and-80-run loss to South Africa in Hobart.

Coach Darren Lehmann admitted things were at crisis point during the second Test against the Proteas, while captain Steve Smith suggested the system was broken.

Those comments, coupled with Australia's most embarrassing performance at home since the 2010-11 Ashes loss that led to the Argus review, have created pressure on countless figures - including Sutherland.

"Ultimately that's a decision for the board if I'm the right person," Sutherland said in Hobart on Wednesday, when asked why he should keep the top job.

"Things have been highlighted that we need to explore.

"We'll take responsibility and try to understand things better.

"We're lucky to be a top-10 side at the moment but I also believe that sticking by the process, the players can work through that and turn that around.

"We all need to ask ourselves some questions - why and how has this happened?"

Sutherland acknowledged it was a "very significant fall from grace" for Smith's side but claimed "Australian cricket, broadly speaking is in good shape".

He rejected calls for another formal review.

"I don't think there needs to be another review. It (the 2011 Argus review) provides a strong blueprint and a reference point for us to look at where we've come from and where we are," he said.

Sutherland flew to Hobart on Tuesday morning, speaking to players in the changerooms after their series loss to South Africa.

"I did make a couple of comments to them broadly about the fact that I didn't want anyone to be under any illusions about how serious and challenging the situation is," he said.

"I also wanted them to understand we're there to support them and find a way through this.

"You can't just flick a switch when you're in a rut like this ... (you need to) close ranks, work together as a team."

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