Sutherland's highs and lows with CA

A LOOK AT THE LIFE AND TENURE OF CRICKET AUSTRALIA CHIEF EXECUTIVE JAMES SUTHERLAND, WHO HAS ANNOUNCED HE WILL STEP DOWN WITHIN 12 MONTHS.

- DOB: 14 July 1965

- Played four first-class matches for Victoria, and was 12th man in Victoria's Sheffield Shield win in 1990-91.

- Took over as boss of the then-Australian Cricket Board in 2001.

THE HIGHS

- The introduction of the Big Bash League in 2011 and the Women's Big Bash League in 2015.

- Australia jointly hosting the 2015 World Cup with New Zealand.

- Cricket participation numbers in Australia growing from around 400,000 to 1.4 million, including a near ten-fold increase in female participation.

- Revenue increasing nearly ten-fold from around $50 million in 2001 to around $500 million in 2018.

- Signing a six-year broadcast deal with the Seven Network and Fox Sports worth nearly $1.2 billion, ending a 40-year relationship with the Nine Network.

THE LOWS

- A 12-month suspension handed to star spinner Shane Warne for testing positive to a banned substance in February 2003.

- The 2008 'Monkey-gate' scandal, where Australian players were furious that Sutherland didn't back them more after Andrew Symonds accused Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh of calling him a monkey.

- The 2011 Argus review after an embarrassing 3-1 Ashes series loss, leading to the hiring of Pat Howard as high performance manager.

- "Homework-gate' saw Mitchell Johnson, Usman Khawaja, James Pattinson and vice-captain Shane Watson suspended for not completing a written task set by coach Mickey Arthur.

- Arthur was sacked as Australian coach two weeks before the 2013 Ashes, after the national team were elinanted in the group stage in the Champions Trophy and suffered a 4-0 Test series loss to India.

- Phillip Hughes was fatally struck with a cricket ball during a Sheffield Shield match in November 2014. An inquest into the 25-year-old's death found it was a "tragic accident".

- Sutherland was criticised for being very low-key in the long-running and at times bitter pay dispute between CA and their players in 2017.

- The 2018 South African ball-tampering scandal left Cricket Australia red faced and led to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft copping lengthy bans from international cricket.