CA's HR manager had no role to play in suspending four players

Sydney, Mar 13 (ANI): Cricket Australia's (CA) senior human resources manager, who was sent to India to brief players on team culture, had no part in the decision to suspend four of them for the third Test match against the hosts in Mohali, but the cricket board hopes she will be part of a cure.

Marianne Roux, CA's executive general manager, people and culture, was in Mohali by coincidence to use the break between the second and third Tests to talk to players and staff about the values Australian cricket should have, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

This was part of a long-term project during which Roux had observed the behaviour of all CA employees to develop a series of core values they should live by, and though the trip was pre-planned, there was a delicious coincidence about the timing, the paper said.

After Australia slumped to two disastrous defeats and as team management stood down Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson for failing to complete a basic administrative task, Roux briefed the players on the four values that should be enshrined in the team's culture, teamwork, accountability, excellence, and honesty and trust, the paper reported.

A CA spokesman said Roux has been workshopping the shared values and behaviours across Australian cricket with all the different groups involved, and players are critically important in that, adding she wasn't part of this decision to sack the four players. (ANI)

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