'It's Taken Its Toll': Mark Taylor Stands Down From Cricket Australia Board
The latest cricket casualty is one of our most loved figures.
Mark Taylor is standing down from the board of Cricket Australia.
The scathing review into Cricket Australia culture has already taken one major scalp, when CA chairman David Peever walked last week.
Now the former Australian captain and Channel Nine commentator is on his way back to the pavilion.
"I've just got to the end. Over the last 18 months... it's taken its toll on me," the 53-year-old former opening batsman said at a press conference at the SCG.
"I've got to the stage where I don't think I can give any more, I've lost the energy."
"The last 18 months have been taxing, really taxing. Particularly the last six months.
Taylor mentioned a couple of times that while he regretted leaving CA while the game was in crisis, his mind was made up some weeks before today's announcement.
He said that in the context of his career as a cricket administrator, he knew he'd reached the point where "it was time to step up or step off".
The second option was clearly more appealing.
Meanwhile in a significant show of confidence for women in cricket, Taylor named Alex Blackwell and Belinda Clark as potential board members to replace him.