Picking a fourth Australia selector May 3, 2005

NSW choose Rosen as Border's replacement

Cricinfo staff

Trevor Hohns will know next month who will join him on the four-man panel © Getty Images

New South Wales have nominated Marshall Rosen, a former Sheffield Shield opening batsman, to replace Allan Border as a national selector. The Blues must hope international experience is not a prerequisite for a place on Trevor Hohns's panel after Victoria pushed for Ray Bright and Western Australia picked Tom Hogan.

"I'd find it disappointing if the fact Marshall didn't play Test cricket was to count against him," David Gilbert, the New South Wales chief executive, told the Sydney Morning Herald. "There have been other good national selectors who did not play Test cricket, and we've all seen what a good coach John Buchanan has been for Australia."

Rosen, 56, has been a state selector for three years and Gilbert told the paper he was an astute judge who would be an excellent addition alongside Hohns, David Boon and Andrew Hilditch. Brian Taber, the former Test wicketkeeper and the current New South Wales chairman of selectors, was also considered before Rosen, who played 19 Sheffield Shield matches in the 1970s, was nominated.

The deadline for applications was extended last Friday and Cricket Australia will approach contenders before making a choice next month. Damien Fleming and Darren Lehmann have also been suggested as possible replacements for Border, who stood down in April.