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Rod Marsh and Andy Bichel to join selection panel

Daniel Brettig

November 10, 2011

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Hats off for Andy Bichel's ninth first-class century, Queensland v Sri Lankans, 2nd day, Brisbane, November 3, 2007
Andy Bichel retired from first-class cricket in 2009 © Getty Images

Rod Marsh and Andy Bichel have been chosen as the two part-time members of the reconfigured Cricket Australia national selection panel. Their appointments leave that of the new head coach as the only role still to be filled ahead of the home summer.

Marsh, 64, and Bichel, 41, will bring sharp eyes and widespread respect to their roles as selectors focused on domestic cricket, on a panel led by the national selector John Inverarity and the Australia captain Michael Clarke. The national coach, yet to be named, will also be a selector.

As a relatively recent retiree from the game, Bichel brings a fresher outlook and also the perspective of a pace bowler to the panel, widely considered to be lacking in a diversity of viewpoints last summer when it was comprised of former top order batsmen in the chairman Andrew Hilditch, Jamie Cox, Greg Chappell and David Boon.

He has also taken a range of coaching positions since his exit from the game as a bowler, coaching Papua New Guinea and also serving as Chennai's bowling coach in the IPL.

"I'm looking forward to making a real contribution to game I love," Bichel said. "Over the last 20 years of international, state and county cricket, I've developed knowledge of the game that will assist me in this role. I've stayed close to the game and have been bowling coach to the Chennai Super Kings recently and have seen a lot of developing Australian talent perform in that competition.

"I'm really looking forward to working with John, Rod, Michael, Cameron and the incoming head coach as we continue to take Australian cricket in the right direction. I think over the last little period we've been on the right pathway and we'll be looking to identify the talent that will allow Australia to rise back up the rankings."

Marsh's inclusion on the panel in a part-time capacity is a logical conclusion to discussions with CA that began in mid-year, as he expressed a willingness to take part in the regeneration of the national team.

In addition to his long tenure behind the stumps for Australia, Marsh was much acclaimed for his work at the Cricket Academy in the 1990s, and also oversaw England's revival as a force in world cricket leading up to the 2005 Ashes series. He has since held positions with South Australia and also the ICC global academy in Dubai.

"I'm excited to be back working for Cricket Australia," Marsh said. "It's been a decade since I last worked for CA. Certainly, the most rewarding time I ever had was working with CA at the Academy in Adelaide. This is an important role and I'm looking forward to watching young Australian cricketers develop and to our established cricketers continuing to improve."

Importantly, Marsh and Inverarity have a strong and long-lasting cricketing association that dates back to the West Australian state teams of the 1970s.

Inverarity was Marsh's predecessor as captain of the state during a highly successful era, and will again serve as the senior man four decades later on a panel that will need to make plenty of strong decisions over the next few summers, starting with the composition of the team for the first Test against New Zealand at the Gabba from December 1-5.

Inverarity is due to start his new role as national selector on November 14. His first act will be to fly to South Africa.

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Posted by Dismayed on (November 12, 2011, 6:26 GMT)

I am with Meety on this. Bichel is one of my favourite players of all time, definitely underated, regularly got the big gun wicket. Hard working, team oriented. I would loved to have seen Bichel and Bevan play more games. Marsh has a good eye for talent. Way past time we picked a side on form and went with them. Warner has to come in Ponting and Haddin have to go.Marsh must be made to play a full seaon before being considered again.I have said it for 3 years Siddle should not be in the team.

Posted by bumsonseats on (November 11, 2011, 20:24 GMT)

mind also when england last toured oz. bichel and the present oz bowling coach. went on cricinfo video with their predictions on the oncoming tou r( i think they r still in the cricinfo video archives ) both i think said 3 - 0 to the aussies, because of the present stock of fast bowlers were the best for 2/3 years. dpk

Posted by bumsonseats on (November 11, 2011, 15:17 GMT)

yes there should be more wa people connected to ca. i remember david hussey talking about a motm award in a t2020 game in the uk. after the talk on the match and his award. the commentator said u dont seem as bash as most aussies do. to that david said to him. and i quote im a west australian mate we are a different breed. dpk

Posted by bumsonseats on (November 11, 2011, 15:08 GMT)

why import u say u have the strongest base of players in world cricket. hughes was one u mentioned been the best with the amount of runs he scores in that strongest league in the world. get real. dpk

Posted by Tootsie on (November 11, 2011, 8:34 GMT)

Hopefully Bichel will have some idea about who the best fast bowlers are. There is atleast one fast bowler in the current Australian test team who should never be selected based on stats alone. The Argus review was a waste of money and time.

Posted by themagpie on (November 11, 2011, 3:51 GMT)

@mari2619 - do you seriously think that having no Victorian will have an affect on selections? There hasn't been anyone from New South Wales on there for years.

I am quite sure that Marsh, Inverety and Bichel will choose the best 11 for Australia, regardless of where they come from.

Posted by RandyOZ on (November 10, 2011, 22:43 GMT)

Not convinced about these guys but we'll see. Some serious work needs to be done to recitfy our batting problems. At least we don't have to resort to importing I guess

Posted by kangaroussy on (November 10, 2011, 22:41 GMT)

@futurewriter, you may well be onto something there, Ric Charlesworth would be an excellent choice, a true innovator and thinker, but a players' coach, bot a coaches' coach a la John Buchanan. strong WA bias, yes, but it's all about the people, not where there from (not forgetting Mickey Arthur must be high on the list, too). And @mari, as for lack of victorian representation, Eddie McGuire was too busy for this gig.

Posted by TEST_CRICKET_ONLY on (November 10, 2011, 22:18 GMT)

@mari2619 - Nice try claiming Arthur as a West Australian, but the South Africans might disagree with that. Marsh is an excellent choice, not so sure about Bichel, but time will tell. At least the bowlers have some representation now.

Posted by Wozza-CY on (November 10, 2011, 21:31 GMT)

Great choices....get them in there quick!

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