Amid the furore surrounding the much awaited handing down of the Argus Report, one person has escaped the hairy eyeball of the former BHP chief. I haven’t read the report in full (I will do that bit of homework soon I promise) but there seems little doubt it will rank alongside Stewart and Crawford (a couple of times) as seminal sporting exposes that, if implemented will see Australian cricket once again flourish from top to bottom. Such reports, hard though they are hasten change and heighten competitiveness quickly. And they work – it took a similar one (the Schofield Report) to propel England to it’s present incumbency at number one Test playing nation. Front and centre for Argus were the selectors and coach. Hilditch, sallow of cheek and with the undertaker’s demeanour had been a dead man walking and Greg Chappell was entirely miscast as developer rather than expert. Like expecting him to open the bowling when he was one of Australia’s greatest batsmen. Tim Nielsen, affable and popular is a living embodiment of the Peter Principle where people rise to their level of incompetence. He will return from Sri Lanka jobless. Others have been singled out of course however no one seems to bring up Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland’s name. He is after all the head honcho who has presided over all those mentioned, overseen Australia’s decline to fifth best Test nation and seen the once healthy participation numbers of Australia’s national game drop. It is he who permitted the bloated contract system to become focussed on pay rather than performance and it is he who allowed the lines of communication to break down. Perhaps his Board are awaiting the governance report due imminently before turning the harsh glare on Sutherland, perhaps not? Whilst Argus, and his phalanx of former skippers have done a magnificent job in bringing many issues to the fore, it is the implementation of the recommendations that will dictate Australian cricket’s future. A potent batting order will be required for the job but it remains to be seen whether Sutherland should have the © next to his name?