Former Australia selectors’ chief Hohns makes a comeback

August 8th, 2011 - 6:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, Aug 8 (IANS) Former Cricket Australia (CA) chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns is making a comeback as Queensland’s chairman of selectors this season.

Hohns replaces former Queensland wicketkeeper Ray Phillips as selection chief. Phillips, however, will remain in the four-man selection panel.

Hohns will not only be the state’s chief selector but will also act as talent manager for 2011-12. Hohns, a former Test leg-spinner spent 13 years as an Australian selector, including 10 as chairman.

Hohn’s tenure was the most successful period of the country’s cricket history during which Australia won 35 Test series, had six losses and five draws, as well as two World Cup titles.

Hohns stood down in April 2006 and was replaced by Andrew Hilditch, who is currently on shaky ground.

“I am very enthusiastic about the role and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Hohns in a statement.

“Queensland and Australian cricket are both in the throes of rebuilding and it will be exciting to be a part of that. Our mission at state level is to provide players with the opportunity to perform and push for national selection and so if you can have a number of players knocking on the door of playing for Australia, then you also tend to have a successful team. That’s the best barometer of success,” said Hohns.

Hohns will closely work with former Australia captain Greg Chappell, who is the national talent manager.

–Indo-Asia News Service

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