Australia in South Africa, 2005-06 March 16, 2006

Hohns should leave - Mark Waugh

Cricinfo staff



'I think the board need to have a very hard look at Hohns, that's where the issue is' © Getty Images
Mark Waugh has called for Trevor Hohns, Australia's chairman of selectors, to be sacked following some questionable selections, notably the decision to drop Brad Hodge in favour of Damien Martyn.

"I think the board need to have a very hard look at Hohns, that's where the issue is," Waugh said in the Herald Sun after speaking on SEN radio. "He's been there for a decade, which is a very long time to be in charge of picking our cricket teams.

"There have been some funny selections lately. It stems back to New Zealand last year when Brett Lee didn't play a Test. The [situation with] Hodge was also very unfair."

Hodge scored a magnificent double-hundred against South Africa - he toured India, New Zealand and England before getting his first Test cap - but was dropped in favour of Martyn for Australia's tour to South Africa. Hohns described the decision as a "judgment call".

"It wouldn't be hard to pick a good team, would it?" Waugh said. "But I think they have got a bit lost. When someone has been there for a long time sometimes you need ... new thoughts."

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