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Rixon lashes out

Sydney: Departing national assistant coach Steve Rixon on Thursday lashed out at Cricket Australia, saying he had little respect for the organisation, which he accused of unnecessary interference.

The tenure of Rixon, a former coach of New Zealand, came to an abrupt end of Wednesday when Australian head coach Darren Lehmann said he no longer fitted into his plans.

The 59-year-old said he was due to leave in April anyway and he had no issues with Lehmann but CA was another matter. “I have no problems with the coaching staff, I have no problems with Boof (Lehmann). I can’t quite say that about Cricket Australia,” he said.

Asked what the issues were, he replied: “I’m not getting into a slanging match. I have very little respect for the organisation so I think we best just leave it there.”

When pressed, he added: “I don’t like a lot of things they do. They interfere with a lot of the cricket decisions over the period of time and I don’t necessarily agree with that. “It’s none of my business at the end of the day. I do what I do — I go out and do it to the best I know how. But it’s probably just draining.”

His scorn appeared to be largely directed at CA’s high-performance chief Pat Howard. (Agencies)