Cricket Australia has decided to appoint former captain George Bailey as the chairman of selectors after Trevor Hohns retired from the position recently. Bailey has been the part of the selection panel since February 2020 when he replaced Greg Chappell. Hohns was part of the selection panel since 1991 and served as the chairman from 1995 to 2005 and then 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. 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 said according to Cricbuzz.
Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager for high performance and national teams Ben Oliver lauded George Bailey for his contribution to Australian cricket and backed him to do a good job alongside the coach Justin Langer. “George is a highly respected leader who is now well established on the NSP alongside Justin as the head coach.
“He has brought recent playing experience with a deep understanding of the game, an open and collaborative style and a desire to keep improving the selection function,” Oliver said. Meanwhile, Bailey who led Australia in 29 ODIs and 28 T20Is is aiming to take forward the legacy set by Trevor Hohns during his long stint at the helm of the selection panel.
“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. 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,” Bailey further added.