Australians dispense with Simpson

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Australia have surprisingly dispensed with the services of Bob Simpson, who had guided them to the top of world cricket, and replaced him as coach with Geoff Marsh, the Test selector and former opening batsman .

"It was a most difficult decision for the board to make in not renewing Bob Simpson's contract," said the Australian Cricket Board chairman, Denis Rogers, while giving no reason why Simpson had been removed. "He [Simpson] has given outstanding service to Australian cricket over the last 10 years as coach and a selector, and throughout his distinguished career as a player."

Simpson, who was told of the decision while on holiday in Italy, had applied for a two-year extension to his contract, which expires at the end of June. "Of course, I am very disappointed and believe I am still the best man for the job," Simpson said.

England's task, County reports, Scoreboard, page 23

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