Cricket Australia has appointed Rod Marsh and Andy Bichel as selectors to join the new National Selection Panel comprising full-time national selector John Inverarity, the new Head Coach when appointed, and Australian Test and ODI captain Michael Clarke and T20 captain Cameron White for their respective formats.
Announcing the appointments, CA General Manager Team Performance Pat Howard said the selection panel had a range of complementary skills and had selectors based in a range of cities.
“We talk about the importance of team fit in sport – that is what we have tried to achieve in the new selection panel,” he said.
“Adelaide-based Rod Marsh is quite simply a legend of the game with successful high performance coaching experience in Australia, England and Dubai since he retired as, at that time, Australia’s most successful wicketkeeper-batsman.
“Brisbane-based Andy Bichel has had success in the shortest form of the game since his retirement as a Test new ball bowler and he and Rod bring complementary skills to the selection table to those of John Inverarity,” he said.
Pat Howard, who started his new CA role full-time this week, said John Inverarity is due to start his new role as national selector on 14 November and will depart for South Africa on the same day.
The CA appointments of Howard, Inverarity, Marsh and Bichel follow CA Board approval of recommendations of the recent Australian Team Performance Review.
Rod Marsh said, “I’m excited to be back working for Cricket Australia. It’s been a decade since I last worked for CA. Certainly, the most rewarding time I ever had was working with CA at the Academy in Adelaide.
This is an important role and I’m looking forward to watching young Australian cricketers develop and to our established cricketers continuing to improve.”
Andy Bichel said, “I’m looking forward to making a real contribution to game I love. Over the last 20 years of international, state and county cricket, I’ve developed knowledge of the game that will assist me in this role.
I’ve stayed close to the game and have recently been a bowling coach in the IPL and have seen a lot of developing Australian talent perform in that competition.
I’m really looking forward to working with John, Rod, Michael, Cameron and the incoming head coach as we continue to take Australian cricket in the right direction.
I think over the last little period we’ve been on the right pathway and we’ll be looking to identify the talent that will allow Australia to rise back up the rankings.”