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Former Australian captain Mark Taylor has resigned as a director of Cricket Australia (CA).

Key Points

  • Taylor was the longest serving member of the Cricket Australia board, having been appointed in 2004
  • The former Test captain said his newly-adjusted role as a reporter at Channel 9 would affect his position on the board
  • Interim CA chair Earl Eddings thanked Taylor for his service

The longest serving current member of the CA board after a total of 13 years, Taylor said the time had come for him to decide whether to "step up or step off" in the wake of the hard-hitting Longstaff Review into the culture of the game and the organisation.

"I had an opportunity at this time to put my name forward as a chairman, or to step off," he said.

"That's where I got to, and I think I've made the right move in the interests of Australian cricket to step off and give hopefully a former player an opportunity to add some fresh ideas to this role as a director of Cricket Australia.

"Particularly since the release of the reviews and the fallout from that, my wife will tell you my sleep hasn't been as good as it normally is.

"That to me was a sign that I needed to move on and, as I said, give someone else a go."

On Sunday, Taylor criticised the Australian Cricketers' Association for its demands to shorten the bans on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for their role in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.

While standing by his comments, Taylor also said this sort of criticism of Australian cricket's inner-workings is part of his changed media role at Channel 9 — something he felt would become more of an issue if he remained on the board.

"There's no doubt that timing was regrettable. That's the way to look at it I suppose," he said about the ACA statement.

"My role at Channel 9 has changed. I'm still a broadcaster but I'm also very loosely a reporter, which means I've got to give my opinion much more on things like what's happening within the world of Cricket Australia rather than what is happening within the men's and women's cricket teams.

"That's made my job even harder."

David Peever

With the team struggling and the governing body in a state of flux after the Longstaff Review and the resignation of CA's former chairman David Peever last week, there are considerable questions around all facets of the game at present.

But Taylor believes that from this low ebb, opportunity knocks.

"It's a great opportunity for a reset," he said.

"Obviously with the men's team struggling at this stage, [it's an opportunity] for all of us to change for good and work out how we can work together for the good of Australia and for the good of Australian cricket."

CA interim chairman Earl Eddings thanked Taylor for his service, and reiterated his desire to turn the organisation's image around.

"It's been an honour to have an icon of Australian cricket serving on the board of Cricket Australia, and our best wishes go to Mark," Mr Eddings said in a statement.

"We thank him for his ongoing commitment and valuable insights to the game.

"While it has been a difficult few weeks for Australian cricket, the board of Cricket Australia and the executive team are committed to rebuilding and earning the trust of the cricket community."

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