Australia’s Ashes selectors under inspection

Australia's Ashes selectors under scrutiny

Australia’s four selectors meet in Brisbane on Wednesday to determine once and for all the team for the first Test, they may be the final selection panel ever to do so for an Ashes side walking onto the Gabba in the baggy green.

The current method of selection last until 2021, it will be in defiance of the strong opinions of the Cricket Australia (CA) team performance manager Pat Howard.

That would look like the model adopted six years ago by New Zealand Cricket (NZC), when the former Australian coach John Buchanan was acting as the Kiwi game’s impresario. “The national selection manager would operate with the head coach to form a ‘two man selection panel’, with the head coach of the team having the final say on debated decisions,” Buchanan said in 2011.

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