Langer handed more power after Waugh quits

Justin Langer (Getty)
Justin Langer (Getty)

Sydney - Australia coach Justin Langer was handed more power on Friday in a shake-up of the national cricket selection process following the resignation of Mark Waugh.

A streamlined selection panel will now consist of just three people - Langer, Trevor Hohns and Greg Chappell - with Waugh not being replaced.

Langer will chair the Twenty20 panel, with support from the other two, while Hohns will head the Test and one-day  process in consultation with Langer and Chappell.

Previously, Waugh - who leaves next month to join pay-TV company Fox Sports - focused only on T20s.

"This sees Justin take on additional responsibility as both the head coach and lead selector in Twenty20 cricket, as we build towards the ICC World T20 in Australia in 2020," said Cricket Australia's team performance chief Pat Howard.

"Justin has performed a similar role previously while coach of the Perth Scorchers, and has a wealth of knowledge around the Big Bash League and its players."

Cricket Australia's selection panel has gone through various formats over the years. At one point, it included five people.

Langer was appointed in May after the 12-month suspensions of ex-captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner over a cheating scandal which also saw previous coach Darren Lehmann quit.

Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
42% - 7770 votes
11% - 1963 votes
19% - 3549 votes
3% - 463 votes
1% - 169 votes
2% - 439 votes
5% - 911 votes
8% - 1535 votes
3% - 611 votes
Water sports
1% - 168 votes
American sports
1% - 217 votes
3% - 570 votes