Former Australia batsman George Bailey is set to replace outgoing Trevor Hohns as the new chief selector of Australia. Hohns, who had two successful stints in the role, will retire at the end of his tenure.
Bailey, who has represented Australia 125 times and also led the national team on a few occasions, joined the panel in 2019 but takes over the role as chairman of selectors just ahead of the T20 World Cup and a home Ashes series.
The ACA congratulates George Bailey following his endorsement by the @CricketAus Board to become the new Chair of the National Selection Panel for the Australian men's team. 👏🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/EwdxSAmNlr— Australian Cricketers' Association (@ACA_Players) August 1, 2021
"Firstly, I would like to thank Trevor for his incredible work which has helped shape the success of Australian cricket over a long period, including during my days as a player and captain," Bailey said.
"In what can be a challenging job Trevor has always been calm, consistent and approachable. Similarly to his journey, he has made my transition from player to selector as smooth as possible. There is a lot I will take from Trevor's style and very much look forward to the journey ahead."
Hohns has collectively been in the selection panel for 21 years - first between 1991 and 2005 and followed by a second stint from 2016 to 2021.
"The game has been great to me and I have loved every minute of it, from the good times to the bad," Hohns said.
"I have been extremely fortunate to be involved with some of the greatest Australian teams of all time and many of the best players to have played the game."
"The successes of the side over the years have been great but I remember my time just as much for the wonderful people you work with and those you meet along the way. It has been an amazing journey for me, but all things come to an end. I am happy with my decision," Hohns, the outgoing chief selector added.