Marsh chairs Australia's selectors

  • Last Updated: May 2 2014, 9:26 BST

Rod Marsh has replaced John Inverarity as Australia chairman of selectors, with fellow former Test star Mark Waugh also added to the new-look four-man panel.

Marsh chairs Australia's selectors

Current national coach Darren Lehmann and ex-chairman Trevor Hohns complete the fresh set-up, with former all-rounder Andy Bichel also departing.

The changes were confirmed during a Cricket Australia board meeting over the past two days, with CA chief executive James Sutherland confirming 66-year-old Marsh is contracted for three years to head up the panel.

"Rod Marsh is the right man to take on this important role, having been a key member of the panel since 2011," Sutherland said.

"His track record speaks for itself. He brings a wealth of experience to the position, having been a leading player, coach and most recently a selector.

"Throughout his days as a player, he was the absolute embodiment of the Baggy Green cap and to this day is widely respected throughout the game.

"He has a great eye for talent and has strong relationships throughout international cricket."

Inverarity had hoped to remain as a selector for a further year, but the CA board opted to drop him entirely.

"When John Inverarity took over as national selector, the Australian Test team was ranked fourth in the world and its on-field performance was well short of where it is today," Sutherland said.

"He leaves his post with Australian teams in a position of strength holding the number one ranking in Test and one-day international cricket.

"That reflects his commitment and the astute judgment he brought to the role at a challenging time for Australian cricket.

"We thank John for his leadership and the integrity and insight he brought to the role throughout his tenure as the national selector and the lifelong commitment he has given to Australian cricket.

"Andy Bichel (also) made a great contribution at the selection table for two and a half years, just as he also did as a player for Australia and Queensland.

"He faced challenges balancing the heavy travel schedule associated with being a selector and coaching at the Chennai Super Kings with raising a young family (and) we fully understand and respect that."

The new panel will convene for the first time on July 1, when the contracts for the current selection panel expire, with their first task being the touring party for the triangular one-day series against Zimbabwe and South Africa in Zimbabwe from late August.