Cricket Australia chairman David Peever at a media conference.
Cricket Australia chairman David Peever at a media conference. MAL FAIRCLOUGH

Back to the future as Hohns steps up as selection chairman

TREVOR Hohns is back as Cricket Australia's chairman of selectors, but only on an interim basis after Rod Marsh quit the post on Wednesday.

The former Queensland leg-spinner, who played seven Tests for Australia, was in charge between 1996 and 2006, when the Aussies went on their record 16-Test match-winning run and collected two World Cup titles.

Former Australian captain Greg Chappell, who was the national talent manager, has also been added to the panel in a temporary position.

"It is vital that Australian cricket finds the best candidate for this role,” CA chairman David Peever said in a statement.

"Trevor is highly experienced as a selector, and will ensure we place our best players on the field this summer while we seek a permanent replacement for Rod.”

Marsh, who had already said he would stand down from the role after Australia's series against India next March, resigned after Australia capitulated to loss by an innings and 80 runs in the second Test against South Africa in Hobart.

Australia's fifth straight Test loss gave the Proteas an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, which heads to Adelaide next week.

Marsh and the selection panel, which includes Hohns, former Australia batsman Mark Waugh and head coach Darren Lehmann, have in turn been under increasing fire.

"Naturally, the board and our senior executive are disappointed with the recent Test performances,” Peever said.

"But we have every confidence that all those involved, including our coaching staff and team management, will do their utmost to turn that around.”