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Hohns made Cricket Australia's interim chairman of selectors

Associated Press Associated Press 16/11/2016

SYDNEY — Cricket Australia appointed former test spinner Trevor Hohns interim chairman of selectors after the resignation of Rod Marsh.

Former test captain Greg Chappell, who is Cricket Australia's national talent manager, will also join the selection panel on an interim basis with Mark Waugh and head coach Darren Lehmann.

The appointments were made at an extraordinary meeting of the Cricket Australia board following Marsh's decision to stand down on Wednesday as full-time chairman, ahead of his planned retirement in July.

Marsh's resignation followed Australia's loss to South Africa by an innings and 80 runs in the second test at Hobart on Tuesday, which was its fifth straight loss in test matches.

Hohns was previously an Australia selector from 1993 to 2006, and chaired the panel for 10 years. That tenure embraced one of Australia's most successful eras, in which it won 16 consecutive tests and claimed the 1999 and 2003 World Cup.

He was known as a selector who was not afraid to make tough decisions, ending the careers of wicketkeeper Ian Healey and his fellow selector Waugh. He also stripped Steve Waugh of the captaincy of the Australia one-day international team.

Hohns agreed to take the interim role to ensure continuity until a full-time chairman was appointed, Cricket Australia chairman David Peever said.

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

Hohns was a legspinner who made his test debut aged 34, playing seven tests, including the 1989 Ashes series in England.

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