Australian cricket in 'good shape' - Sutherland

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Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland insists the game is in "good shape" despite the team's form slump.

Australia fell 2-0 behind in the three-Test series against South Africa with a humiliating loss by an innings and 80 runs in Hobart on Tuesday.

It has led to questions over the nation's leadership, with coach Darren Lehmann assuring only four players of spots for the third Test.

Sutherland is among those facing criticism, but he feels the game is well-placed despite the international form.

"Ultimately that's a decision for the board as to whether I'm the right person to lead, but Australian cricket broadly speaking is in good shape," he told a news conference.

"Now clearly the performance of the Australian team over the course of the past three months is not good enough and is not in keeping with our fans' expectations or expectations for the game.

"But three months ago we were the number one team in the world in Test cricket and one-day cricket. We are not today and we are not shying away from that issue.

"It's my responsibility to lead the people to turn this around."

Sutherland is against the idea of another formal review, with Cricket Australia having gone through one just five years ago.

"I don't think there needs to be another review," he said.

"It [the 2011 Argus review] provides a strong blueprint and a reference point for us to look at where we've come from and where we are."

Australia's third Test of the series against South Africa begins in Adelaide on November 24, with a much-changed team expected.