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Top Australia role for Marsh

Rod Marsh is the new chairman of Australia's cricket selectors, replacing John Inverarity who has retired from the post.

The former Test wicketkeeper is joined on the four-man panel by Mark Waugh, Trevor Hohns and head coach Darren Lehmann. Waugh takes the place of outgoing Andy Bichel.

As a player, Marsh enjoyed a 14-year Test career starting in 1970, collecting 355 dismissals behind the stumps, while notching three centuries in 96 appearances for the Aussies.

He also played in 92 one-day internationals, was a coach in Australia's cricket academy between 1990 and 2001, and went on to take a job as director of England's national academy.

Cricket Australia's chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement: "Rod is the right man to take on this important role having been a key member of the panel since 2011.

Talent

"His track record speaks for itself. He brings a wealth of experience to the position, having been a leading player, coach and most recently a selector.

"He has a great eye for talent and has strong relationships throughout international cricket."

Marsh's elevation to head the panel means he will step down as Cricket Australia's manager of elite coaching development.

Under Inverarity's tenure, Australia have regained the top ranking in world cricket after being the fourth-best Test nation when he first took the position.

Sutherland said of Inverarity: "He leaves his post with Australian teams in a position of strength.

"That reflects his commitment and the astute judgment he brought to the role at a challenging time for Australian cricket."

Hohns served on the panel from 1993 to 2006, while Waugh was a leading batsman for his country throughout the 1990s, scoring 20 tons in 128 Tests and 18 hundreds from 244 ODIs.

The new panel will first meet on July 1 to select a squad to play a one-day triangular tournament involving South Africa and hosts Zimbabwe in August.