Australia news May 1, 2014

Inverarity could make way for Marsh

ESPNcricinfo staff

John Inverarity may stand down as the head of Australia's selection panel and be replaced by Rod Marsh under a possible revamp of the group. Cricket Australia's directors are believed to be considering changes to the structure of the selection panel at their board meeting in Melbourne on Thursday and Friday, and Mark Waugh looms as a possible addition to the group.

Inverarity's contract expires at the end of June and it has been reported that he is likely to relinquish the full-time role as national selector, although he could remain on the panel in a part-time capacity. Inverarity was named to the position in October 2011, following the Argus review's recommendations regarding the restructuring of the panel, and he has overseen the return of the team to No.1 in the Test and ODI formats.

Marsh joined the panel in November 2011 and is believed to be the likely man to take charge if the changes are ratified by the CA board. The immediate future of Andy Bichel, another member of the panel, is unclear, but it is believed that he might make way for the inclusion of Waugh, or even the former chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns.

The coach Darren Lehmann will remain on the panel, which has been a four-man group since captain Michael Clarke stepped down from his selection responsibilities in the lead-up to the 2013 Ashes series in England. Cricket Australia has declined to comment on reports of changes to the selection panel, but it is expected that an announcement will be made following the board meeting.

Last month, Waugh confirmed that he had been approached by Cricket Australia to consider a position on the selection panel, which he might perform along with his role as a Big Bash commentator for Channel 10. News Ltd has also reported that Hohns, who was chairman of selectors until 2005 and now heads Queensland's selection panel, is also in the mix.

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  • dan on May 1, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    if australia want to stay in the top 3 sides, they have to start thinking about the future now

    in the last 15 years we have had to replace

    langer,hayden,ponting,martyn,m waugh,lehman,symonds,hussey,warne,macgill, s waugh, macgrath, gilchrist,,bichel, lee, kasperwich, gillespie, katich, north, hauritz

    out of that group 7-8 players were superstars and 4-5 of them would make australia's greatest 11

    australia have an aging team with haddin,rodgers,harris, johnson,watson, clarke are well into thier 30's and 2-4 years left in them

    if australia dont want to struggle for 3-4 years finding replacements for these players they should start thinking now.

    we have some good young players like warner,lyon, smith who have been playing well,

    i would make either warner or smith vice captain

    i would schedule as many australia-a tours as possible

    we need players like starc,cummings,hazelwood,hughes,madison,khaja,faulkner wade, to get experience by playing 50/50 cricket after the world cup

  • Simon on May 1, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    They have been the best Oz selection panel ever, with the team going from number 5 to number 1 without a line-up of superstar players. And by far the most intelligent chairman we've had , who has been able to communicate easily with the players.

  • Patrick on May 1, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    @Ozcricketwriter, I don't understand the relevance of your comment? No Australian selectors have been individuals "who never played the sport".

  • Adrian on May 1, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    Ex-players, especially quality test players, always make better selectors than people who never played the sport.

  • Brendan on May 1, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Main Selector- Rod Marsh Selection Commity- Andy Bichel, Mark Waugh, Ricky Ponting & Darren Lehman

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Why isn't Steve Waugh ever mentioned for this job. Unless he has turned it down, I would consider him a natural. He has displayed some of the gutsiest instincts on the cricket field and off it too.

  • Michael on May 1, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    Might to be too early for him, but Mike Hussey in some sort of selection or coaching or mentoring role is needed as soon as practical.

  • Izmi on May 1, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    I reckon Australia needs somone young who has represented the country in all formats of the game or somebody who has played in both test cricket and ODI's to be the next Chairman of Selectors of the Australian Cricket Team. Now that world cricket has changed so much and become very competetive and expanded into T20 cricket as well I think we need someone who would have a thorough knowledge of the modern game and able to select the right combination of players for all formats of the game. No doubt there are many past cricketers like Steve Waugh, Mathew Hayden, Mark Taylor, Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Alan Border, Tom Moody etc. who could easily fit into the role. Since recently many cricket boards around the world are managed by youth. Cricketers who have represented their country in the recent past and they are doing a fantastic job. They mingle with the players very freely which goes a long way to build team morale and confidence. I think there's got to be a change in attitude.

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