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Since 1st March, 1999
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Graveney not to step down

London: England’s chairman of selectors, David Graveney, insisted that he would not be resigning from his post despite England’s thrashing in the Ashes series.

Australia claimed a record eighth successive win with England’s innings defeat at Perth. Steve Waugh’s men took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the best of five Test campaign.

But Graveney, taking his cue from embattled England captain Nasser Hussain, said he was not about to quit.

“It’s a tough job,” said Graveney. “But it pales into insignificance to the pressure the players are under. It’s an honour to do this job. But I’m like Nasser. I’m not going to walk off because there’s still a lot of work to do.”

He also added that calls for Hussain to be replaced were misguided.

“The most important thing for me is the relationship between Duncan (Fletcher, the England coach) and Nasser.

“That’s been a foundation for what we’ve achieved in recent seasons,” said Graveney.

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