Australia news April 2, 2014

Mark Waugh may join Australia selectors

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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."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • on April 8, 2014, 16:43 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • bren19 on April 5, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    As long as Inverarity goes!!

  • BradmanBestEver on April 5, 2014, 14:42 GMT

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

  • spongebat_squarestumps 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(!))

  • torsha on April 3, 2014, 11:13 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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 !!!!!!!!!!

  • Jimmyrob83 on April 3, 2014, 7:21 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • on April 8, 2014, 16:43 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • bren19 on April 5, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    As long as Inverarity goes!!

  • BradmanBestEver on April 5, 2014, 14:42 GMT

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

  • spongebat_squarestumps 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(!))

  • torsha on April 3, 2014, 11:13 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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 !!!!!!!!!!

  • Jimmyrob83 on April 3, 2014, 7:21 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • drfarnsworth on April 3, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    Favell - Dragon was joking. Read it again.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on April 3, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    The 'sexiest' batsman you will see-what a sight!-and in full flow ,Bard ,S'peare himself will be short of words. And I mean from purely cricketing sense !-:)

  • on April 3, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    Oh No! Not Mark Waugh, anyone but him.

  • Favell on April 3, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    C'mon Dragon. You've got to be joking! Hughes? Let him perform when he has to perform before giving him any head starts! But let's pause for some seriousness for a moment. Look at the wisdom and experience that is around in commentators like Ricky Ponting, Stuart Clark, Damien Fleming - and Shane Warne, not that he would have the time - and reading between the lines, I'm not sure that Mark Waugh would have the commitment, forthright as he would be. Steve Rixon would be an excellent choice and oh for an Ashley Mallett who would recognise the talent for spin we so desperately need.

  • on April 2, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    It will be an excellent add to the selection panel. He is one person who knows the game in and out thoroughly .. All the best ...

  • __PK on April 2, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    He has always been sharp and plain-speaking, but often way off base and always biased.

  • sifter132 on April 2, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    I'm really not too hung up about the 'names' that become selectors. All I care is that are passionate about the game, and that the panel covers a broad range of states, ages and skills eg. a young 35-40 yr old selector, an older 65-70 yr old selector and one in their 50s in the middle. You can cover a generation of ideas just by having that range. Current panel does it well with Bichel as your younger rep.

  • VivGilchrist on April 2, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    Looks like Hazelwood, Henriques, Maddinson, and Copeland are going to be playing Test cricket this summer.

  • DragonCricketer on April 2, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Good stuff. Get some younger blood in. Maybe Phillip Hughes could also be approached. It would enhance his selection chances no end.

  • on April 2, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Ah...been too long I haven't witnessed the Mark Waugh flicks....cricket needs a Mark Waugh to bring back the style and grace

  • soumyas on April 2, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    Nice to see past legends back in action, let's hope they make cricket more interesting...

  • Green_and_Gold on April 2, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    I wonder if the selection approach will change much if we change the selectors. Boof seems to be doing a good job in the coaching role and i would say that he has a big say in selection (along with Clarke even though Clarke isnt an official selector). I would think that as long as Mark got on well with Boof and had the same view to the future then it would be a good move to get him into the set up. I would support the move.

    Where can i send my CV?

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  • Green_and_Gold on April 2, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    I wonder if the selection approach will change much if we change the selectors. Boof seems to be doing a good job in the coaching role and i would say that he has a big say in selection (along with Clarke even though Clarke isnt an official selector). I would think that as long as Mark got on well with Boof and had the same view to the future then it would be a good move to get him into the set up. I would support the move.

    Where can i send my CV?

  • soumyas on April 2, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    Nice to see past legends back in action, let's hope they make cricket more interesting...

  • on April 2, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Ah...been too long I haven't witnessed the Mark Waugh flicks....cricket needs a Mark Waugh to bring back the style and grace

  • DragonCricketer on April 2, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Good stuff. Get some younger blood in. Maybe Phillip Hughes could also be approached. It would enhance his selection chances no end.

  • VivGilchrist on April 2, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    Looks like Hazelwood, Henriques, Maddinson, and Copeland are going to be playing Test cricket this summer.

  • sifter132 on April 2, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    I'm really not too hung up about the 'names' that become selectors. All I care is that are passionate about the game, and that the panel covers a broad range of states, ages and skills eg. a young 35-40 yr old selector, an older 65-70 yr old selector and one in their 50s in the middle. You can cover a generation of ideas just by having that range. Current panel does it well with Bichel as your younger rep.

  • __PK on April 2, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    He has always been sharp and plain-speaking, but often way off base and always biased.

  • on April 2, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    It will be an excellent add to the selection panel. He is one person who knows the game in and out thoroughly .. All the best ...

  • Favell on April 3, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    C'mon Dragon. You've got to be joking! Hughes? Let him perform when he has to perform before giving him any head starts! But let's pause for some seriousness for a moment. Look at the wisdom and experience that is around in commentators like Ricky Ponting, Stuart Clark, Damien Fleming - and Shane Warne, not that he would have the time - and reading between the lines, I'm not sure that Mark Waugh would have the commitment, forthright as he would be. Steve Rixon would be an excellent choice and oh for an Ashley Mallett who would recognise the talent for spin we so desperately need.

  • on April 3, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    Oh No! Not Mark Waugh, anyone but him.