In the sad aftermath when Australian citizens discovered how many Poms had been living next door or working in the same office all these years until miraculously finding their ethnic voice, Cricket Australia announced that three former captains and a leader in industry would conduct cricket's equivalent of a Royal Commission into the problems which ailed the game in Oz. Some scoffed. Some suggested whitewash. Some doubted real change was possible.
All of us were wrong.
The Argus Review and a subsequent structural reform announced by James Sutherland in the last few days are big ticket items in the way forward but they would be pointless without the same spirit being applied to the appointments they have called for. Its one thing to play sneaky buggers and restructure culprits out off the scene but it is entirely another to find new men who will be instruments of the change that the Argonauts called for after seeking out the counsel of nearly all of those with the brains, credibility and enthusiasm to make constructive but pointed criticism. I say nearly all because the cricketragic wasn't asked.
The third part remains to be actualised. He's hoping that Steve Rixon gets the coaching role so we will have a man with both the technical skills and the people skills needed in this expanded role. Stumper is an enthusiastic cove who works harder than the players ever could and is already respected by any cricketer who has played under his guidance.
We have been looking for positives.