Australia news November 10, 2011

Rod Marsh and Andy Bichel to join selection panel

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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.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Wozza-CY on November 10, 2011, 21:31 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Wozza-CY on November 10, 2011, 21:31 GMT

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

  • Nuxxy on November 10, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    My bad. And now it all makes sense...I always wondered about this Marsh character who was both opener and wicketkeeper. lol

  • ibbani on November 10, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Aussie collapse in the 2nd innings is a nightmare in the 1st test. seems like a devil in the pitch only for 3-4 hours and later on nothing.

  • YorkshirePudding on November 10, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    After todays 'batting' display I think they might have a little more work to do than they originally thought.

  • Mary_786 on November 10, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    The chief selector is from WA, Marsh is from WA, and the coach might be from WA too(Arthur), that's 3 WA out of the 5 selectors, that does not represent Australia. As a Victorian i feel that we don't have any representation.

  • landl47 on November 10, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Good choices. Importantly, they're people who understand the value of teamwork. Marsh's work with young players is a very important ingredient as Australia seek to rebuild.

  • bumsonseats on November 10, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    not sure on bichel but rod marsh is a great choice. he was the start of the aussie great team. and the one who got england running youth/training/A teams. and was the reason england became # 1. not actually his teams, but the ideas to make future teams run, act, and play to the modern way of playing cricket. so all in all a good choice. mind i also think he would have been a good choice as coach, well maybe just a touch to old no, but 10 years ago for certain. dpk

  • Meety on November 10, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    Yes - Andy Bichel come on down! The greatest 12th man in the history of the game & also possibly the most underrated bowler Oz has had ever! Never forget a game at the Adelaide Oval - Bichel (was 12th man), & he was fielding at mid off. The batsmen hit a nice on-drive & Bichel chased that ball all the way on this particulalrly hot day, stopped the ball on the boundary & threw the ball back (over the stumps). Nothing too special except for 1. Was bloody hot, 2. Adelaid Oval straight boundaries are about 90 metres (he would of run about 120), & 3. He had the biggest smile on his face the whole way! He loved every second of it, just like a Blue Heeler chasing a stick, as much fun the first time as it was the millioneth - he was always so "up".

  • YorkshirePudding on November 10, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Good luck to Rod March and Andy Bichel, definately looks like CA are getting thier act together. Looking forward to seeing who the head coach is going to be, the next ashes could be one of the more even contests of recent years.

  • jonesy2 on November 10, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    i could not be happier with these selectors! brilliant appointments. west aussies having an influence!

  • mightymf2000 on November 10, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    @Nuxxy get your Marsh's up. Also finally some Western Australians in Cricket Australia!

  • boris6491 on November 10, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Great news, Marsh has been involved with the Academy for ages and knows players inside out whilst I've always admired Bichel as an individual and can only assume he will bring the same qualities to the selection committee. Two worthy choices who I hope can restore some reputation for the selectors considering the debacle that Hilditch and co left the panel in.

  • on November 10, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    Good things are starting to happen in CA. Rod Marsh has been sorely missed in australia. he really developed the stars of australian cricket that came through in the late 90's early 2000's. i reckon he would have made a great coach and bichel is good to have a fast bowlers approach and he is a QLDER. I hope they get a good coach now, darren lehman has done wonders for the bulls, i reckon he would be magnificent. What about Tom Moody, since there is a WA flavour here why not him. Maybe AB should be grumpy coach. Its great to see some really good young talent come through and the changes that should have happend 5 years ago in CA happen now, i guess better late then never.

  • Rafiz on November 10, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Nuxxy - Rod is not the father of Shaun and Mitchell. Geoff is their father!

    These are excellent choices.

  • hindolm on November 10, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    This is more like it from CA, im a big fan of bichel and i have good feeling that both Inverarity and Marsh will be soooper !!!

  • featurewriter on November 10, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Outstanding! Bich is a level-headed, honest individual - and was one of our most under-rated international cricketers - who will bring a degree of integrity and balance to the selection panel. And I'm really happy that Bacchus is back in the fold! An icon of the game. There seems to be a real pattern here...hardworking, honest, nose-to-the-grindstone guys so far. I sense a possible selection from outside the obvious choices. I've heard whispers in the hockey circles that Ric Charlesworth - the former WA cricketer (and inventor of the boundary slide, collect & return), doctor, politician, Olympian, world-champion coach - is going to take on the role. He's very tight with Don Argus, who was on the assessment panel, and he's a good mate of Invers. AFL couldn't lure him with all the dollars. He's currently coaching the Australian men's hockey team. But I'd love to see someone with his passion, discipline and patriotism take on the role. That would herald a new era in Australian cricket.

  • on November 10, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    @Nuxxy, a valid point if you had the right Marsh.. Mitch and Shaun are the sons of Geoff Marsh..

  • ILogic on November 10, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    Wrong Marsh Nuxxy, Shaun and Mitchell are Geoff Marsh's kids.

  • on November 10, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    @Nuxxy, no he doesn't have two sons in the national team. This is RODNEY Marsh, not GEOFF Marsh.

  • SirBobJones on November 10, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    @Nuxxy It's Rod Marsh, not Geoff Marsh.

  • rodh257 on November 10, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    @Nuxxy you are confusing Rod Marsh with Geoff Marsh. Click on his player profile to see who Rod Marsh's sons are - they wont play for Australia.

  • ILogic on November 10, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Four major appointments and three West Aussies! Someones thinkin'

  • Nihontone on November 10, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    Great to Bacchus back in the fold for Australia! Along with Shane Warne, one of the best captains Australia never had!

  • Nuxxy on November 10, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    But Marsh has two sons in contention for a team place. Isn't that a conflict of interest? If he wants to "take part in the regeneration of the national team", it shouldn't be as selector.

  • unregisteredalien on November 10, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    Not at all bad. The new panel looks to have a heck of a lot more gravitas.

  • Ben1989 on November 10, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    very good, wanted to see Marsh have some role in the new set-up & Bichel will bring a fast bowlers perspective which is seriously what we needed!!

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  • Ben1989 on November 10, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    very good, wanted to see Marsh have some role in the new set-up & Bichel will bring a fast bowlers perspective which is seriously what we needed!!

  • unregisteredalien on November 10, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    Not at all bad. The new panel looks to have a heck of a lot more gravitas.

  • Nuxxy on November 10, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    But Marsh has two sons in contention for a team place. Isn't that a conflict of interest? If he wants to "take part in the regeneration of the national team", it shouldn't be as selector.

  • Nihontone on November 10, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    Great to Bacchus back in the fold for Australia! Along with Shane Warne, one of the best captains Australia never had!

  • ILogic on November 10, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Four major appointments and three West Aussies! Someones thinkin'

  • rodh257 on November 10, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    @Nuxxy you are confusing Rod Marsh with Geoff Marsh. Click on his player profile to see who Rod Marsh's sons are - they wont play for Australia.

  • SirBobJones on November 10, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    @Nuxxy It's Rod Marsh, not Geoff Marsh.

  • on November 10, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    @Nuxxy, no he doesn't have two sons in the national team. This is RODNEY Marsh, not GEOFF Marsh.

  • ILogic on November 10, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    Wrong Marsh Nuxxy, Shaun and Mitchell are Geoff Marsh's kids.

  • on November 10, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    @Nuxxy, a valid point if you had the right Marsh.. Mitch and Shaun are the sons of Geoff Marsh..