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Mark Waugh may join Australia selectors

Daniel Brettig

April 2, 2014

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Mark Waugh and Belinda Clark pose during the 2014 Australian Cricket Hall of Fame announcement, Sydney, January 19, 2014
Mark Waugh: 'I am keen to get involved as a selector but I am not sure about the timing at the moment' © Getty Images
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Mark Waugh has confirmed an approach from Cricket Australia to join the national selection panel, as other selectors weigh up their futures.

Always considered a sharp and plain-speaking observer of the game, Waugh had not seriously considered an official selection role before now. But as members of the current panel, including the national selector John Inverarity, consider whether or not to extend contracts due to expire in June, Waugh is open to the idea.

Employed by the Ten Network as a Twenty20 Big Bash League commentator, Waugh said the travel demands of the selection role, which would require his presence for regular overseas tours and domestic games, were the main factors currently giving him pause.

"I am still speaking to them [CA],'' Waugh told the Courier-Mail. "I am weighing up the commitment to time away from home and how it will affect my media commitments. I am keen to get involved as a selector but I am not sure about the timing at the moment. It is quite a big commitment.

"Every time the Australian team is overseas there has to be a selector there. Then you have commitments back in Australia, plus the Australia A side. You have to decide whether you want to juggle that and spend time away from home. I am definitely interested but I have not made up my mind yet.''

Inverarity said earlier this week that he had not yet decided on his future, but CA's approach to Waugh is the strongest suggestion yet that the panel will change significantly.

"My contract when I joined in November 2011 was for up to the end of June this year," Inverarity said. "In the coming weeks and months I will discuss with CA whether I will continue to play a role in the national selection panel, and that's where it is. It's yet to be finally decided."

One of the Argus review's recommendations was for the appointment of a fulltime national selector, later unveiled as Inverarity, with better pay and conditions for other members of the panel. Rod Marsh and Andy Bichel are the other selectors, alongside the national team coach Darren Lehmann.

Before the review, Simon Katich had levelled heavy criticism of the previous selection panel, which included a part-time chairman in Andrew Hilditch and the current national talent manager Greg Chappell.

"When you talk about money, you get the best in the business for paying. If you pay peanuts you get monkeys," Katich said in June 2011. "There has been talk about that [full-time selectors] for a while now but nothing has been done about it. It's a business, there's no doubt about that, that's just the way sport has gone. Being realistic it's got to go that way, because you're dealing with guys' careers."

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Posted by   on (April 8, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

Mark Waugh ?? HELL NO !! Bring in Steve Waugh ?? HELL YEAH !!

Posted by Jagger on (April 8, 2014, 4:48 GMT)

Talk about the wrong stuff! Definitely a no from me. Why does it have to be a former international cricketer? How about one of us who have been playing and watching what makes a good player for decades? Australian cricket has to get more accountable or in 20 years India are going to have a separate team for each form of the game and will win everything.

Posted by bren19 on (April 5, 2014, 22:16 GMT)

As long as Inverarity goes!!

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (April 5, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

That flick of the wrists to send the ball through square - I remember it well

Posted by choo_for_twenty_choo on (April 4, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

I'm not convinced about Junior's credentials as a selector; especially if he is already moaning about the travel requirement. Better choices would be Warnie and Punter (too soon?) or even Gilly (Gilchrist) and Dizzy (Gillespie(!))

Posted by torsha on (April 3, 2014, 11:13 GMT)

My favorite cricket! Ahh miss those good old days..

Posted by Barnesy4444 on (April 3, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

Steve would be a better choice. Mark was great to watch bat, but I hope his selecting would be more accurate and to the point than his commentary.

Posted by anver777 on (April 3, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

With his past experiences, I wish he will do a excellent job as a selector for Aus !!!! GOOD LUCK !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Jimmyrob83 on (April 3, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

If this happens, Moises Henriques will be test captain by the end of the year.

Posted by CrickFan82 on (April 3, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

well, Mark waugh, am not sure about that personally.. i prefer his brother, one of the toughest in world cricket.

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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