Cricket Australia have decided to trim down the selection panel to just three members after the resignation of Mark Waugh, it was announced on Friday (July 27). The move also puts more responsibility on head coach Justin Langer, who will now also act as the main selector for T20Is.
National selector Trevor Hohns and national talent manager Greg Chappell, who are also part of the panel and will work with Langer, will continue to focus on Tests and One-Day International cricket. Cricket Australia also announced that Big Bash coaches and the state talent managers will also be consulted prior to making selection decisions.
Pat Howard, the team’s performance manager, stressed the move will help in delivering better results. “We believe the changes to the structure of the selection process will deliver the best possible result for the Australian Men’s Cricket Team across all formats,” he said. “Having a selector focus on the T20 format for the past 18 months was viewed as a success, particularly as we now sit third in ICC rankings in this format, and we will look to continue this in a slightly modified way.
“This sees Justin take on additional responsibility as both the Head Coach and lead selector in Twenty20 cricket, as we build towards the ICC World T20 in Australia in 2020. Justin has performed a similar role previously while coach of the Perth Scorchers, and has a wealth of knowledge around the Big Bash League and its players.”
Australia have done relatively well in T20I with the series win in the tri-series against New Zealand and England where they went on to win all five games. They lost the one-off T20I in the disastrous tour of England but reached the final of the tri-series in Zimbabwe before losing to Pakistan in the final. They will take on Pakistan once more in a three-match series in October.
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