Trevor Hohns has been named Australia's interim chairman of selector following Rod Marsh's resignation from the role, with former Test great Greg Chappell also joining the national panel on interim basis to rescue the team from current crisis situation.
Marsh, who is due to finish his contract in June, stood down from the post in the wake of Australia's fifth consecutive Test defeat, including an innings and 80 runs defeat at the hands of South Africa in the second match in Hobart.
Confirming the news of Hohns' inclusion, Cricket Australia's chairman David Peever said that the former is highly experienced as a selector and would surely turn out to be beneficial for the side.
"It is vital that Australian cricket finds the best candidate for this role. Trevor is highly experienced as a selector, and will ensure we place our best players on the field this summer while we seek a permanent replacement for Rod," Peever was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Meanwhile Peever also reflected on Chappel's inclusion, saying,"Greg has been instrumental in restructuring our youth pathway program, driving the National Performance Squad, the introduction of a CA XI squad in the domestic one-day cup and creating clear pathways for talented youth in Australian cricket to aspire to wear the baggy green. His in-depth knowledge of up-and-coming talent in the Australian system will be invaluable.
Hohns had previously served on the national selection panel from 1993 to 2006, including 10 years as chairman.
Chappell, on the other hand, has had two previous stints as a national selector, first from 1984 to 1988, shortly after his retirement from the game, and then from 2010 to 2011, before taking up the role of national talent manager.
Cricket Australia will now look for its permanent national selectors, with no deadline having been set for the same.