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Australian cricket's chief selector John Inverarity likely to call stumps

John Inverarity.

John Inverarity. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

John Inverarity is likely to stand down as national chairman of selectors in the coming days but he could remain on the panel in a part-time role.

Cricket Australia directors will consider changes to the selection committee at a board meeting that begins in Melbourne on Thursday. Inverarity has been considering his future, as his contract expires at the end of June.

He is widely expected to relinquish the full-time chairman's position, in which case the man most likely to step into the role would be Rod Marsh, who has served alongside him since 2011, when the panel was revamped in the wake of the Argus review.

It has been reported Mark Waugh was recently sounded out by CA to be a selector, but Inverarity could continue in a scaled-back capacity.

Inverarity, who turned 70 in January and is one of the architects of Australia's renewed success, has endured some bumpy periods as chairman, but ultimately his tenure will be looked back on favourably because, along with Marsh, coach Darren Lehmann and fellow selector Andy Bichel, he picked the team that won back the Ashes urn in the most emphatic fashion.

His panel can be praised, in particular for disregarding birth certificates in recalling veteran Brad Haddin as Michael Clarke's vice-captain and prolific opener Chris Rogers. Nor could Inverarity ever be accused of not watching enough cricket; he avidly collects information and does not rely only on statistics.

The summer before last, though, Inverarity was criticised, along with team performance boss Pat Howard, for championing the so-called rotation policy or, as he called it, ''informed player management'' - essentially resting fast bowlers when they were at risk of injury. The policy's main fault was that it was poorly communicated, but under Lehmann the selectors have returned to picking the best team subject to fitness.

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10 comments so far

  • Chloe, it's very diplomatic of you to describe part of Inverarity's tenure as "bumpy". In reality, he, along with James Sutherland and Pat Howard in their respective roles at Cricket Australia, oversaw an unforgivable period during which Australia's ranking and reputation were torn to shreds. Darren Lehmann's appointment as national coach has done much to reverse Australia's fortunes but that is entirely down to him rather than it being prescient decision-making by the selection panel. For mine, Inverarity's latter cricket career pretty much mirrors his while playing; though a plodder, highly effective at Shield level but never quite skilled enough to perform at the highest. Should Rod Marsh ascend to replace Inverarity, I anticipate two things; bold selections and player accountability. Neither of those aspects would ever be used to characterize Inverarity's performance as national chairman of selectors.

    Commenter
    Steve
    Location
    Arizona, USA
    Date and time
    May 01, 2014, 12:37AM
    • Can Inverarity reinstate Simon Katich before resigning?

      Commenter
      Richard Skinner
      Location
      West Bondi
      Date and time
      May 01, 2014, 6:16AM
      • Clearly you are from NSW because no-one else wants him. Katich was a disruptive influence and now is way past his use-by date.

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        tim
        Date and time
        May 01, 2014, 10:40AM
    • hopefully we will see fewer left arm orthodox around the squad and some risky wristies.

      for every Rogers selection, there is a Bailey. Or Doolan.

      selection is terrible, it's like transport planning, everyone thinks they are good at it. I liked John Benaud, he went public afterwards and explained just how many judgements you have to make. as Trotsky might have said, it's a school of practice, not a science.

      maybe more thought should go into how WE choose selectors rather than who they then choose?

      Commenter
      Peter Warrington
      Location
      marrickville
      Date and time
      May 01, 2014, 8:03AM
      • You need to let it go mate.

        Finger spin is doing the business around the world, Australia simply isn't any good at it.

        Sooner or later the wheel will turn and a new approach to leg-spin will rotate things back in that direction. That time isn't now. Averaging 45 with the ball but taking one really nice wicket every innings simply because of your style of bowling is no key to success.

        Nonetheless, agree entirely re. Inverarity.

        If you throw enough handfuls of rice at a barn door, you will hit with a few grains eventually.

        The West Indies won as many tests last year as Australia did (and if memory serves me correctly they lost a lot less too).

        Commenter
        Phat
        Date and time
        May 01, 2014, 9:41AM
      • I won't ever stop tweaking the tweakers, you have to have some fun sometimes. Boyce will kill them in England next year. etc

        What do you think of the idea of a better and more transparent process for selecting selectors?

        Commenter
        Peter Warrington
        Location
        marrickville
        Date and time
        May 01, 2014, 4:34PM
    • Can we now tear down the Inverarity stand at the WACA? It's like naming a stand at the SCG the Dirk Wellham stand, or the Julian Wiener stand at the MCG.

      Commenter
      4thgrader
      Location
      Manly
      Date and time
      May 01, 2014, 8:12AM
      • Um, neither Welham nor Weiner ever held the record for Sheffield Shield runs. So no it isn't.

        Commenter
        Phat
        Date and time
        May 01, 2014, 9:43AM
      • 4thgrader, if either Welham or Weiner had had the kind of hand Invers did in the type of successes WA enjoyed in the 1970's they'd deserve a stand named after them too. They didn't so they dont.

        Steve, Marsh was the selctor on duty in the UK for our most recent Ashes loss so blame him and not Invers for the selection misfires on that tour (how many wickets did Agar take again? Was Lyon left out for so long?). Don't get me wrong, I think Marsh should be the next chairman of selectors too. But you can't ship all the failings of the current panel home to one person (Invers).

        On balance Invers has done a good job. Maybe not a great job, but a good job. Maybe most importantly the communications between players and selectors is again frequent and clear which is a massive improvement on the previous chairman/panel who were roundly criticised for keeping players in the dark re where they stood and why they were in or out of the team.

        Commenter
        9monkeys
        Location
        Fremantle
        Date and time
        May 01, 2014, 1:18PM
      • Phat, he averaged 38! The only other person to have such a dud average was his cricketing doppelgänger, Jamie Cox. There are a host of players more deserving. He obviously had influence.

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        4thgrader
        Location
        Manly
        Date and time
        May 02, 2014, 8:53PM

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