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Trump card: Can Australia be great again without grating in new era?

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If there’s one thing Australian cricket has in common with Donald Trump, it is a relish for firing people.

Of those who held senior positions at the start of 2018, only the team butler remains. The others have been fired with dramatic variety. Executive Ben Amarfio was this week redacted from his office. High performance chief Pat Howard was fired before he could make his own way to the door. Chairman David Peever fired himself before someone else did it, and director Mark Taylor couldn’t even wait that long.

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All this on top of coach Darren Lehmann ("You’re not fired! Um, yes you are!") and captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner ("You’re fired! Oh, hell, did we do that?")

And to cap it off, the game also managed to get rid of several hundred thousand television viewers as a result of its migration to the dark web.

Perhaps this need to shed is a symptom of scandal in the age of Twitter, where firing someone, anyone, is a sugar hit for the mob. While CA’s new chief executive, Kevin Roberts, deserves commendation for acting decisively, destruction should not be mistaken for action. The insatiable bloodlust and the calls for a new head to roll are loud and passionate and born of disappointment; but firing is the easy part.

Now comes the hard part: reconstruction or, how to Make Australia Great Again. (Social media falls momentarily silent.) Eventually, someone has to stop firing and start building. In cricket, the buck stops with the national selectors. Unless they get fired too.

Eventually, someone has to stop firing and start building. In cricket, the buck stops with the national selectors. Unless they get fired too.

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