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The ups and downs of Rod Marsh's tenure

AAP logoAAP 16/11/2016

ROD MARSH HAS HAD SOME BIG WINS AND BIG LOSSES IN HIS STINT AS CHAIRMAN OF SELECTORS

SUCCESSES

*2015 World Cup win, with Australia losing a single pool game during the tournament they co-hosted with New Zealand. *Oversaw Australia's return to the No.1 Test ranking, which they held briefly this year prior to a 3-0 series loss in Sri Lanka. *Pushed for Steve Smith to be named stand-in skipper instead of Brad Haddin when Michael Clarke was injured in 2014.

FAILURES

*2015 Ashes loss, with Australia relinquishing the urn after lopsided losses and poor batting performances at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge. *Oversaw Australia's past five Test losses, during which some players questioned his communication. *Struggled to make it a seamless transition following the retirements of Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson, Brad Haddin and Chris Rogers in 2015. MEMORABLE QUOTES "He's bowling that well in Test match cricket it almost seems a shame for him to perhaps lose any of that by perhaps copping a hiding every now and then in one-day cricket" - on Nathan Lyon's omission from the ODI side in 2015.

"I just think it's codswallop ... what do you want? Do you want divorces? Do you want players unhappy?" - on suggestions the presence of wives And girlfriends (wags) played a role in Australia's 2015 Ashes loss in England.

"What else can we do really? We send them off to India, we send them to other parts of the world where the ball turns. We played an A series in India last year and they batted well against good spin bowling" - on the side's failures in Sri Lanka earlier year, the first signs of the current crisis

"I talked to Jackson again (on Friday) morning. I said to him the thing that probably cost him a place was his batting" - on why Joe Mennie had been included ahead of Jackson Bird in a 12-man squad for the first home Test of 2016-17.

"He probably opened his mouth before his brain got working. It might have been early in the morning, he loves a sleep-in, Usman" - on claims from Usman Khawaja that he and fellow Queenslander Joe Burns were made "scapegoats" in Sri Lanka during this year's 3-0 series loss.

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