London: Angus Fraser is to join a new three-man England selection panel at the start of next month, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Wednesday. Former Test seamer Fraser will work alongside national selector James Whitaker and England's limited-overs coach Ashley Giles, with his first task in his new role to help select the squads for the limited overs and Test series at home to Sri Lanka starting in May.
However, Fraser will also continue in his 'day job' of director at cricket at Lord's-based county side Middlesex -- the club where he spent his entire 18-year first-class career as a player. Fraser said he was pleased to be taking on his new role despite "the doom and gloom" surrounding the England team following their 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia and the ensuing furore over the ECB's decision to end the international career of star batsman Kevin Pietersen.
"I am chuffed to be involved and am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead," said Fraser, who in 46 Tests took 177 wickets at an average of under 28 apiece.