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Clark gets support as Howard’s successor

By AAP Newswire

Appointing Belinda Clark to the full-time position of head of team performance would be a coup for Australian cricket, according to women's vice-captain Rachael Haynes.

Clark was this week announced as Pat Howard's successor on an interim basis for both the men's and women's teams, as the sport undergoes its biggest overhaul in memory following the ball-tampering scandal and Longstaff report.

At this stage it's understood Clark has little interest in taking the role on a long-term basis, but there is support there if she changes her mind.

A pioneer for the women's game since her playing days at the turn of the century, Clark has been highly successful for both sides of the sport since her retirement.

"I think it's great for Australian cricket she has gone into that role," Haynes told AAP.

"She's been such a tremendous leader when she captained Australia, but since then she has had really significant contributions.

"She's someone who is really highly respected within the game.

"Within our team some of the players still catch up with her and chat with her and she's someone I spoke to before I had the chance to captain in the Ashes last year.

"I think she will do a really good job in that role and whether she wants to do it long-term is up to her."

Clark is one of several names thrown forward as a long-term option, alongside Steve Waugh, Stuart Clark, Michael Kasprowicz and Brett Jones - a premiership-winning AFL player who now fulfils the role at Queensland Cricket.

Currently the head of game and market development at Cricket Australia, Clark played 134 matches for her country and won 84 from 101 as captain.

At the same time she was chief executive of Women's Cricket Australia and played a key role in integrating the female side of the sport under the same CA banner.

Since then, her high performance experience includes heading the National Cricket Centre for 12 years, overlooking the country's up-and-coming men's and women's talent.

More recently, she has also been the head of junior cricket, implementing the new formats of play and increasing female growth.

"She's definitely got some great skills and is pretty well-rounded as an administrator as well," Haynes said.

"I can't think of anyone better to step into that role in the interim and if it's something she would like to do long-term it would be great to have her involved."