Andrew Hilditch's tenure as Australia's chairman of selectors is over after the Cricket Australia board decided to appoint a full-time national selector. On a day of major upheaval for Australian cricket, the CA board has also removed Greg Chappell from the selection panel, while the coach Tim Nielsen is in danger of losing his job.
The CA board has ratified several key recommendations from the Argus review into Australia's team performance following their Ashes debacle last summer. A five-man selection panel will be created with a full-time chairman and two independent selectors, while the captain and coach have also been given increased responsibility and will become selectors.
The national talent manager, Chappell, won't be part of the group. Jack Clarke, the CA chairman, said the newly-created position of national selector would be a full-time role and had therefore ruled out Hilditch, who also works as a solicitor in Adelaide, although Clarke was unsure whether Hilditch would apply to stay on the panel as one of the two part-time selectors.