OZ CALL ON HOHNS, CHAP­PELL TO FIX CRI­SIS

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

TREVOR HOHNS was yes­ter­day ap­pointed Aus­tralia’s in­terim chair­man of se­lec­tors af­ter Rod Marsh quit, with Greg Chap­pell drafted in to help res­cue a na­tional team in cri­sis.

The ex­pe­ri­enced Hohns, who pre­vi­ously served as chief selector dur­ing a hugely suc­cess­ful pe­riod for Aus­tralia, cur­rently sits on the four-man se­lec­tion panel with Mark Waugh, coach Dar­ren Lehmann, and now Chap­pell.

Cricket Aus­tralia chair­man David Peever said Hohns had agreed to step up to en­sure con­ti­nu­ity while the search for a full­time re­place­ment was car­ried out.

“It is vi­tal that Aus­tralian cricket finds the best can­di­date for this role,” said Peever. “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.”

For­mer Test fast bowler Ja- son Gille­spie and ex-cap­tains Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh have all been touted as pos­si­ble suc­ces­sors to Marsh.

While spin­ner Hohns played only seven Tests for Aus­tralia, un­der his guid­ance Aus­tralia won a record 16 suc­ces­sive Test matches and claimed the 1999 and 2003 World Cups in a golden era. He re­joined the se­lec­tion panel in 2014.

He will be aided in try­ing to turn around the team’s for­tunes by for­mer Test cap­tain Chap­pell, who has been drafted in on a tem­po­rary ba­sis ahead of a raft of changes ex­pected for Ade­laide.

Peever said Chap­pell had been in­stru­men­tal in restruc­tur­ing Cricket Aus­tralia’s youth path­way pro­gramme and had his fin­ger on the pulse of young tal­ent.

“His in-depth knowl­edge of up-and-com­ing tal­ent in the Aus­tralian sys­tem will be in­valu­able,” he said.

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