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Hilditch replaces Hohns

Last updated on: April 07, 2006 13:08 IST

Former Test batsman Andrew Hilditch was named on Friday as Australia's new chairman of selectors, replacing Trevor Hohns.

Hilditch played 18 Tests for Australia between 1979 and 1985, scoring 1,073 runs including two centuries at an average of 31.55. He is best known, however, for being given out handled the ball in a Test match.

Hilditch was given out at the non-striker's end when he picked up the ball and returned it to Pakistan fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz during a Test match in in 1978-79. Sarfraz appealed and the umpire gave Hilditch out.

Hilditch, who is trained as a solicitor, was appointed to the national selection panel in 1996-97.

"We have confidence in Andrew as our new chairman of selectors," Cricket Australia board chairman Creagh O'Connor said in a statement.

"He is an experienced member of what has been a successful selection panel."

Hohns, who had served as a national selector since 1993 and chairman since 1996, announced on Tuesday he is quitting to concentrate on business interests.

Cricket Australia have not yet named a replacement to join Hilditch, Merv Hughes and David Boon on the selection panel.

"Naturally I'm very excited about my appointment and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead," said Hilditch.

"Trevor has done a fantastic job in the time he has chaired the panel and I can only hope to perform to a similar level.

"I have no doubt that it is a challenging role and there will be many tough decisions ahead, however, our objective is to maintain Australia's position at the top of world cricket by selecting the best teams as we see fit."


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