Australia news November 16, 2016

Rod Marsh resigns in wake of Hobart hiding


Rod Marsh has stood down as an Australia selector © Getty Images

Australia's selection chairman Rod Marsh has become the first notable figure to quit amidst the plummeting fortunes of the national team, forcing an extraordinary board meeting later on Wednesday to decide on his replacement.

Marsh and fellow selectors Trevor Hohns and Mark Waugh met in Hobart during the course of Australia's innings defeat to South Africa, before the 69-year-old passed on his decision to resign immediately to Cricket Australia. He had previously flagged his intention not to continue after his contract expires in June next year.

"This is my own decision and no one within Cricket Australia has pressured me or even suggested that I should do this," Marsh said. "Clearly, though, it is time for some fresh thinking, just as it is for our Test team to welcome some new faces as we build for the future.

"I have always had the best interests of Australian cricket foremost in my heart, and that's why I have made this decision.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed the role and want to thank the coach, the staff, my co-selectors and all the players for their support and honesty over the past two and a half years. It was a thrill for me to be involved in many successes, including the World Cup win in 2015.

"I wish the captain, coach and the team all the best going forward. We will be great again."

The CA chairman David Peever spoke of Marsh's contribution to Australian cricket. "Rod has played a pivotal role during a time of change in Australian cricket, which has seen the team hold the top positions in both Test and one-day rankings as well as secure an ICC Cricket World Cup victory," he said.

"We understand this decision has not come easily for Rod and on behalf of Australian cricket we thank him for his leadership and the integrity and insight he brought to the role throughout his tenure as the national selector and the lifelong commitment he has given to our sport. Above all else, Rod is an outstanding person."

Having served Australia with distinction as a wicketkeeper before successfully helming the national academies of both Australia and England, Marsh joined the selection panel in 2011 following the release of the Argus review, and replaced John Inverarity as chairman in May 2014.

His tenure featured home series wins over India, New Zealand and the West Indies plus the 2015 World Cup victory also at home. However the team also lost badly away from home to Pakistan, England and Sri Lanka, before the current humiliating results to South Africa that hastened his exit.

Earlier on Wednesday, the CA chief executive James Sutherland had not given any indication of Marsh's intention to quit. "Rod's in the job and he's doing clearly, like everyone else, they are doing the best job they can and working very hard at it," Sutherland had said. "He will finish up, or he's said that he's going to finish up in June and we'll make decisions about that and how we transition that in the future."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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  • Peter_The_Average on November 17, 2016, 1:46 GMT

    Good move. With Australia looking down the barrel of the first home test series white wash in its history and then Pakistan looking good to be the first Asian team to win a test series here (that is correct, none of them have done it) things need to change.

  • cluelessjan1 on November 16, 2016, 20:35 GMT

    i have no issue Rod Marsh resigning. there comes a time when you simply can't do the job. thats the time to go. assemble a crisis committee of past greats like border ponting taylor warne to make the selections.until the team is sorted.

  • A.Jayawardene on November 16, 2016, 18:55 GMT

    @dharsanti, you are dead right. I've been telling the same over & over in these columns since long. Please stop this madness to save the game of cricket.Do not sleep ICC.

  • Beertjie on November 16, 2016, 18:07 GMT

    No escape, Rod: that Bird remark stuck in your craw. But Mark Waugh and Lehman are just too sanguine guys. One has to go, too. Hohns' time was some years back. Anyway some puzzling state selections, too. As you point out, @SamRoy 'Holland is a bad bowler' yet the Vics continue to prefer him to Fawad Ahmed. Sure he's getting a few wickets and may have learned from his SL sojourn, but I seriously doubt he'll ever be picked for the national team again. Rod failed to give Fawad a shot and now everyone wants to have young 'uns. Well, I'd still back Fawad atm alongside SO'K, especially for India. As far as the batting is concerned their policy has to be out with old and in with the new. Just do it gradually but fearlessly if you've had your eye on the talent on offer in the A squad. While offering solid backing to those guys, don't rush a guy in off the back of ONE promising season. Everyone gets that luck but gets worked out soon, so tread warily. Best of luck, talent spotters.

  • bobbi_143 on November 16, 2016, 17:57 GMT

    My team for next test would be D Warner, J Burns/ G Bailey, U Khwaja, S Smith, M Wade, A Voges, J Faulkner, M Starc, J Bird/ J Hastings, A Zampa and J hazelwood. I guess this team would be perfect to at least stop the slide. If G Bailey is picked in the team, U Khwaja can open the innings and Smith could some in at 3. It has like to like replacements and more matured players who would go that extra mile and take responsibility.

  • cricfan24453993 on November 16, 2016, 17:33 GMT

    Why on earth Steve Smith is not resigning? Plz leave the captaincy and let Warner be the leader in final test.

  • RedDirt on November 16, 2016, 17:16 GMT

    He was sacked. Everyone knew his time was up long ago. Hohns is no good. Mark Waugh is not the answer either. A balance of youth and statistical analysis is critical. Ask the Geelong and Hawthorn Australian Rules Football clubs how they manage their list of players and the answer is clear. Clearly, 3rd drop should be batsman who can bowl a bit. No. 6 batsman and 4th bowler should be utilised to blood the youth. Never blood new Australian players in the top three batting positions, nor as the new ball bowlers!!!

  • bobbi_143 on November 16, 2016, 16:35 GMT

    CA and BCCI both act similar in some ways. With the amount of fan following these two countries cricket teams have, they want instant results and they take very aggressive steps to bring them. Most of the times this back fires and players are blamed for it. Look at South African and English test teams they have a nice balance of aggressive and more so grind it out kind of players who have correct technique for both tests and other formats of the game. on the other hand Indian team and Aussies team has just one or two player who are ready to grind it out and rest all play like millionaires. How do you expect results leave alone a draw with this kind of attitude. Both countries have enough player pool, just that they need correct selection process for correct formats. whats wrong in having different players for different formats. Did we see any of the Aussie batsmen except for Smith trying to grind it out though he has a technique of his own. All it requires is a positive mindset.

  • Avichall on November 16, 2016, 16:24 GMT

    Grindar - all this happened for good than. Now CA will be bound to take action and pull back from meaningless ipl and other such formats. And lead by example.

  • Avichall on November 16, 2016, 16:14 GMT

    Johnthekiwi - subcontinental teams leaving Pakistan aside are byfar the most responsible for the decline of test cricket. Turning pitches they prepare from ball one day one are far below international standards and unfriendly pitches that takes out any competition left in the game and the lack of awareness among there fans boosts them to prepare even more such worst unsporting pitches. Cause they have found there shortcut method. not only self destructing themselves but also cricket around the world. Meaningless bilateral series are not necessary in England you get good crowd only for test matches. Which means more than enough money to broadcast.But few people think t20 is more interesting and gets more crowd in. It's there personal opinion

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