Former Australia and Victoria allrounder and long-time cricket administrator Tony Dodemaide has been named as the new selector in the Australia men's set-up taking over the role vacated by Trevor Hohns.
Dodemaide will join chairman of selectors George Bailey and coach Justin Langer on the three-man panel in mid-November ahead of the men's Ashes series leaving Langer and Bailey to select the teams for the T20 World Cup, with Langer being both the head coach and the selector on duty in the UAE.
Dodemaide played 10 Tests and 24 ODIs for Australia between 1987 and 1993. He made 50 and took 6 for 58 on his Test debut, against New Zealand in the Boxing Day Test of 1987, and took a five-for on ODI debut, against Sri Lanka in Perth, the following week.
After a long first-class career with Victoria and Sussex, Dodemaide went on to have a very distinguished career in cricket administration starting as the MCC's head of cricket before moving to Perth in 2004 to become CEO of the WACA, when Langer was the state captain. Three years later he returned to Melbourne to take up a role as Cricket Victoria's CEO. He oversaw the redevelopment of the Junction Oval as Victoria's training and administration base before leaving the role in 2018.
Dodemaide has since been the general manager of Hockey One, Australia's new national hockey competition that was formed in 2019 but will stand down in that role to take up his new position as a national cricket selector.
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a contribution not only in the immediate tournaments and series but also to help chart the medium to longer term course of the Australian men's teams," Dodemaide said.
"I can't wait to offer my experience in cricket as a player and in management to assist George [Bailey] and JL [Langer] but also the wider Australian cricket high performance network. Throughout my cricket journey I have often been close to high performance and selection, so I feel well suited to and prepared for this role."
Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo