Langer to lead T20I men’s selection

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Cricket Australia (CA) have announced changes to the structure of the men’s National Selection Panel (NSP).

Following the resignation of selector Mark Waugh in May, the Board of Cricket Australia has endorsed a three-person selection panel comprising full-time National Selector Trevor Hohns, National Talent Manager Greg Chappell and Bupa Support Team Head Coach Justin Langer, along with a restructured Twenty20 selection panel.

Langer will act as chair for T20I selection, with support from fellow selectors Hohns and Chappell.

Input from State Talent Managers and Big Bash League coaches will also be considered as part of the process.

The previous structure saw Waugh’s role focused specifically on T20I cricket, leading a two-man selection panel for the format with support from the Head Coach.

The structure of the Test and ODI selection panel will remain the same, with Hohns to chair the panel with support from Chappell and Langer.

CA Executive General Manager – Team Performance, Pat Howard, said:

“We believe the changes to the structure of the selection process will deliver the best possible result for the Australian Men’s Cricket Team across all formats,” Howard said.

“Having a selector focus on the T20 format for the past 18 months was viewed as a success, particularly as we now sit third in ICC rankings in this format, and we will look to continue this in a slightly modified way.

“This sees Justin take on additional responsibility as both the Head Coach and lead selector in Twenty20 cricket, as we build towards the ICC World T20 in Australia in 2020.

“Justin has performed a similar role previously while coach of the Perth Scorchers, and has a wealth of knowledge around the Big Bash League and its players.

“The changes also see the State Talent Managers and Big Bash League coaches involved in the selection process for Twenty20 cricket, as we consult our experts in Australian cricket,” he concluded.

Australia’s next T20I assignment will be a three-match series away against world number one Pakistan in October.