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That's oarsome: Ginn, Oliver take over CA's high performance program

Nottingham: Former Olympic rower Drew Ginn and former first-class cricketer Ben Oliver have been given the responsibility of shaping a revamped Cricket Australia high-performance program.

In a role once solely the responsibility of Pat Howard, the wide-ranging position has been split, with Ginn the executive general manager of high performance and Oliver the executive general manager of national teams.

The pair had been widely touted for the roles, with CA confirming the appointments on Monday.

The reconfiguration of the role came after a wide-ranging review initiated last year in the wake of the damning Longstaff report into the culture of Australian cricket, which has led to considerable change at Jolimont.

Oliver is a former first-class cricketer with Tasmania and Victoria and has worked closely with Australian coach Justin Langer as the WACA's high-performance boss for the past seven years.

His primary role focuses on selection of the men's and women's national teams and A squads.

Olympic rowing gold medallist Drew Ginn - part of the 'Oarsome Foursome' - will be CA's executive general manager of high performance.

Olympic rowing gold medallist Drew Ginn - part of the 'Oarsome Foursome' - will be CA's executive general manager of high performance.Credit:AAP

CA also said Oliver's brief was to ensure a focus on winning and "fulfilling the expectation of competing with respect".

“I have devoted most of my adult life to cricket, in both playing and high-performance roles, and I am extremely proud and humbled to continue that association as executive general manager of national teams," Oliver said.

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Ginn, a three-time Olympic rowing gold medallist, a member of the "Oarsome Foursome" and an inductee into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, had been in charge of high performance at Cricket Tasmania for the past two years.

His role will focus on domestic competitions and Australian youth teams, player, coach and umpire pathways, including Premier cricket, talent identification and management, and sports science and sports medicine.

One issue to be resolved is whether a revamped selection panel is required.

Greg Chappell will step down as one of the three selectors once the winter Ashes tour is completed.

Howard fell out with several sections of Australian cricket but CA and the states now want a more collaborative approach.

Belinda Clark will remain in charge of the high-performance program until July 29.

Oliver will be based at the national cricket centre in Brisbane, with Ginn in Melbourne.

Clark did not want either role, and will return to being the executive general manager of community cricket, having stood in for Howard after he had quit in November.

Jon Pierik is cricket writer for The Age. He also covers AFL and has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.

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