David Boon, Australia’s Savior

99.94 singles out David Boon’s role in Australia’s success in South Africa:

With Australian cricket on its knees after a steady 18 month decline, Boon urged his fellow selectors, Andrew Hilditch, Mervyn Hughes and Jamie Cox, in the aftermath of the Boxing Day Test to reinvent the team with an injection of youth. He wanted the most promising players in the country to be aware that the team was no longer a closed shop and that key performances in critical situations at State level would be rewarded.

That sounds like a crucial management insight: players had to know that, for the first time in over a decade, the Australian team was open for applications.

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