Rod Marsh, Australia's chief selector to step down after contract expires in 2017
Rod Marsh will not be seeking to stay as Australia's chief selector when his contract expires next year.
Australia will have a new chairman of selectors before the next Ashes series after Cricket Australia said on Thursday that Rodney Marsh would not be seeking to stay on in the role when his contract expires next year.
The 68-year-old former Test wicketkeeper has headed up the four-man selection committee since 2014 having previously served on the panel for three years under John Inverarity.
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"We can confirm that Rod Marsh has decided not to continue on in his role as national selector once his contract expires in June, 2017," a spokesman for Cricket Australia said.
"At this stage no decision has been made on a replacement."
The next Ashes series will be in 2017-18 in Australia.
Under Marsh's chairmanship of the panel, Australia lost the 2015 Ashes series in England but won the 50-overs World Cup on home soil in the same year and held the number one ranking in Test cricket for six months earlier this year.
Stuart Broad also said that he would be happy to go to Australia for the Ashes despite fear of strict COVID-19 protocols.
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The 36-year-old revealed on Monday that he had been suffering pain in his neck and left arm due to a bulging disc which hampered his ability to train at full intensity.