Former Australia skipper and cricketer George Bailey has been appointed as Cricket Australia’s new chairman of its national selection panel. The 38-year-old Bailey replaces Trevor Hohns, who recently announced his upcoming retirement.
Bailey this week described Hohns to have been someone consistently in control of a job that has its fair share of challenges, adding also that Hohns had made his (Bailey’s) own transition from player to selector a smooth and unhindered process, and that he now hoped to do the same for others.
Ben Oliver, executive GM of national teams for Cricket Australia, has now confirmed that the cricketing governing body is already in search of a third member to join coach Justin Langer and Baily on its panel.
Hohns meanwhile, after having first joined the national cricketing selection panel in 1991, has overseen the selection of several of the country’s most noteworthy teams – including the record-smashing team that won 21 ODIs in a row under the leadership of Ricky Ponting.
Hohns enjoyed 16 years in charge of national selection for Australia – while enjoying two stints as chief selector in charge between 1995 and 2021. His accolades include two World Cup campaigns (1999 and 2003), three Ashes series defenses, and an important Ashes series win in India back in 2004.
The 67-year-old Hohns is a former spin bowler for Australia and was first appointed to the position of official selector in 1993. His first tenure will forever be remembered as his greatest.
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