ECB initiates review
The ECB directors present in Sydney met informally on January 4 2007 to consider a proposal for a comprehensive review of the process, programme and structure of Team England.
This discussion followed the circulation of a paper by the ECB Chief Executive David Collier on December 29 2006.
The vision for the review was defined as: 'To determine how Team England performances during the period 2003-7 should be improved in order that England regain the Ashes in 2009 and win an ICC Global One-Day Event during the period 2007-11.'
The board unanimously supported the establishment of a comprehensive review and will now meet formally to agree the process and composition of the review team.
In addition, after each overseas tour a report is produced by the England management team to consider lessons learned and actions to be taken.
The board has tasked John Carr, the ECB director of England cricket, with completing this report for the Ashes tour in February in order that actions can be implemented prior to the 2007 World Cup.
ECB chief executive David Collier said: "The performance in the Ashes series has been a great disappointment and a number of lessons must be learned.
"This review will be comprehensive and broad ranging with the clear objective of regaining the Ashes in 2009 and significantly improving England's results in one-day international cricket in the next four year cycle."