Australia news September 2, 2011

Jamie Cox quits as Australia selector

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jamie Cox has cleared the way for a complete overhaul of Australia's selection panel by standing down and declaring he will not reapply for the role of part-time selector. Cox's decision means that all four of the Australian selectors who picked the side during last summer's disastrous Ashes campaign have now moved on.

The Argus report last month recommended a five-man selection panel with a full-time chairman, a move that ruled Andrew Hilditch out due to his business commitments, while there will also be no place for the national talent manager, Greg Chappell. The fourth selector, David Boon, had already quit during the off-season to become an ICC match referee.

Cox spent nearly five years as a selector, but it was far from a successful tenure. He was the selector on duty at The Oval in 2009, when he was responsible for leaving Nathan Hauritz out of the side on a dry pitch that proved to be of great assistance to the spinners; Graeme Swann took eight wickets in the match and England's victory meant they won the Ashes.

Cox also faced criticism over a potential conflict of interest, as he juggled the selection role with his full-time job as South Australia's director of cricket. By declaring he won't reapply for one of the two part-time positions on the new selection panel, Cox has ensured Australia can make a clean break from the Hilditch era, although he will stay on until the new panel is appointed.

"There is a clear mood for change and I think it's time for a new panel to be given the opportunity set its own direction without links to the past," Cox said. "It has been a true privilege to serve Australian cricket in this role since the 2006-07 summer and whilst the transition from our era of dominance has been challenging, I leave the role strong in the belief that we have a terrific group of young men emerging, to lead Australia back up the Test cricket rankings."

Cricket Australia's new selection panel, which will include the captain and coach, won't be confirmed until after the appointment of a general manager of team performance, a new role that will be created as a result of the Argus report.

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  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    Do not lay too much blame on the selectors , times are quiet talent wise in Australian cricket at the moment and the selectors must try to test the players available to them at the highest level . There have been some awful selections recently but also some great new talent has also been found . Remember back to the 1980's when Australian cricket was in a similar position and you will see there were many players tried who did not succeed , but by 1989 the Australian team was in great shape as there were some players given opportunities possibly earlier than expected who turned out to be greats of the game such as - Boon , Jones , Healy , Waugh x 2 and McDermott .

  • Christopher on September 4, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Heres an idea. Forget a selection panel at national level altogether. Leave them at Shield level for the state sides only,where identifying talent has value. At national level,the talent should already have identified itself through performance.If it hasnt,then at that point,its unprofessional to promote it.Those that are of standard,by virtue of excellent performance,will have earned their rightful places.The best playing records at the time of any given series will be those going. The best 6 bastsmen + 2 back ups. The best wicket keeper/batsman + one back up.The best 4 pacemen. The best 2 spinners. Use a formula to ascertain the critical criterion. A sliding scale of volume of runs and wickets,average,S/R,career record and current record will determine it. The captain will be able to make requests within the sample group meeting those criterion. It promotes performance,removes politicisation of appointments and lets cricketers be self determining by focusing on results.

  • Tim on September 4, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    @Youngkeepersdad, "Neither were selected as much as they should have been, so therefore might just be more careful in consigning others to the bin". Yet you fail to see that Cox was never selected despite years of runs in the Shield and Merv was quickly thrown in the ODI bin and restricted to a test specialist. I think we need selectors who were in the side for long periods, they will know what is required in a team and what a team needs. Steve Waugh is ideal

  • Bryn on September 3, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Steven Andrews---- thats geoff marsh mate. rod marsh is dan marsh's dad

  • Philip on September 3, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    Here's a couple of names - Hodge & Clark. Neither were selected as much as they should have been, so therefore might just be more careful in consigning others to the bin. Or perhaps a first-class player who could have been considered more (Cox's appointment fitted that bill, whatever happened afterwards). Otherwise, it all too easily descends into a popularity contest. And let's face it, popularity should have nothing to do with it. Come to think of it, what about MacGill? Whoever they are, they should be able to work with each other yet not be best mates, or it just becomes a cosy club.

  • joseph on September 3, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    We want Aus to comeback strongly after seeing Ind and Eng in test no. 1 ranking's. We want the 2000-2005 era

  • Daniel on September 2, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    Ideally, you would have the five selectors from five different states to avoid accusations of bias. Having said that, I don't see people like Rod Marsh, Tom Moody or Steve Waugh as flag-wavers for WA or NSW. Shane Warne and Geoff Lawson, however, repeatedly use the media to push for players from Victoria and NSW respectively at the expense of better players from other states. Damien Fleming might be someone who is a bit more balanced. Colin Miller might be worth a thought, too.

  • Steve on September 2, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Right decision by Cox. Time for new order of things.

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Marsh would be perfect although be tough with his 2 kids inline for Aussie honours. Instead of Steve Waugh i would rather see Mark waugh. i tend to agree with mark waugh's comments and opinons on fox sports coverage. Moody would be good too, not a geoff lawson fan, i think we could look at someone better, perhaps lehmann, but probably someone more like tubby and Trevor hohns

  • Rajaram on September 2, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Dropping Nathan Hauritz from the Oval Test will forever haunt Jamie Cox. So don't blame Ricky Ponting for losing The Ashes 2009. He had no say in the selection. Good riddance to Jamie Cox. Bad rubbish.

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