Rodney Marsh to replace John Inverarity as Australia chief selector: Reports

Former Australia wicketkeeper Rodney Marsh is expected to take over as chief of Australia's National Selection Panel from the widely successful John Inverarity once his contract expires in June. A decision could be made at a board meeting this week.

Updated: May 01, 2014 16:43 IST
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Sydney: John Inverarity, regarded as one of the architects of Australia's recent success, is expected to stand down as chairman of selectors and be replaced by Rod Marsh, reports said Thursday.

The 70-year-old's contract expires at the end of Juneand Cricket Australia directors will consider changes to the selection committee at a board meeting this week. (Australia reclaim top spot in Test rankings)

"The man most likely to step into the role would be Rod Marsh, who has served alongside him (Inverarity) since 2011, when the panel was revamped in the wake of the Argus review," Fairfax Media said.

Former Test batsman Mark Waugh could also be a significant addition as a selector should a proposal from CA team performance manager Pat Howard be ratified. (Also read: Michael Clarke feels day-night Tests not required to keep format alive)

The only two members of the current panel to have their positions as selectors already confirmed by the board are Marsh and coach Darren Lehmann, The Sydney Daily Telegraph said.

Part of Australia's golden era in the 1970s, Marsh played 96 Tests during a 14-year career and has a significant post-playing pedigree for the chairman's job.

He headed up Australia's national academy for more than a decade, then took up the same position in England in 2001 before also becoming an England selector.

Marsh, 66, stepped down from the England academy and as a selector in 2005 after playing a key role in England's first Ashes victory for 16 years.

He became an Australian selector in November 2011 as part of a new panel following the Argus review, which recommended sweeping changes after Australia's 2010-11 Ashes debacle against England.

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