Friday 2 May 2014 

Rod Marsh Chairs New National Selection Panel

Rod Marsh
Rod Marsh has been appointed as the chair of Australia's National Selection Panel
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Cricket Australia (CA) have confirmed that Rod Marsh has been appointed as the new chairman of a restructured National Selection Panel (NSP).

He takes over as chairman from John Inverarity, who is standing down after two and a half years in the role.

Marsh moves from a part-time role on the panel to a full-time role and the new panel includes head coach Darren Lehmann, former international Mark Waugh and former NSP chairman Trevor Hohns.

Andy Bichel has not been retained as a national selector.

Paying tribute to Bichel and Inverarity as he announced the changes, CA chief executive officer James Sutherland said:

"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.

"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.  

"After deciding to stand down as Chair, he recently indicated that he was prepared to continue on the NSP for another 12 months if required. Directors determined that with John stepping down as Chairman, it was the appropriate time to bring new personnel into the group.

"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.

"ndy Bichel 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, coaching at the Chennai Super Kings and raising a young family. We fully understand and respect that."

Marsh has signed a three-year contract as chair of the NSP and Sutherland says he has the experience and skills to continue Inverarity's good work.

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

Marsh played Test cricket for Australia between 1970 and 1984, taking a then-record 355 dismissals.

Between 1990 and 2001 he oversaw the development of Australia's young cricketers as head coach at the Commonwealth Bank Cricket Academy, then moving on to head England's academy before returning to CA.

Waugh and Hohns will join the new selection panel on 1st July and Marsh will step down from his current role as CA's Manager - Elite Coaching Development.

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