Cricket news: Former England batsman Ed Smith named new national selector

20 Apr
Cricket news: Former England batsman Ed Smith named new national selector
Ed Smith is England's new national selector

Former England batsman Ed Smith has been named as the new national selector for England.

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Friday that Smith, who played three Tests for England and in 350 county matches, would be part of a “new approach to scouting, assessing and selecting players for the senior men’s Test, T20 and one-day sides, ensuring greater connection right through the international pathway”.

The 40-year-old replaces James Whitaker, who left the position as part of a restructure in March after five years in the role.

Smith said: “I’m delighted to take on the role of national selector. I was very happy with what I was doing previously but the chance to be at the forefront of this development in English cricket was too good an opportunity to turn down.

“Selection and talent ID have always fascinated me and I’ve explored extensively how they are evolving.

“It is an exciting time for England cricket. I’m very much looking forward to working with (head coach) Trevor (Bayliss), (Test captain) Joe (Root) and (limited-overs captain) Eoin (Morgan), as we work towards ensuring that the talent in English cricket feeds into consistent performances in all formats of the game.”

England set to give key selection role to former batsman Ed Smith

18 Apr

England set to give key selection role to former batsman Ed Smith

Ed Smith is set to be appointed as the new national selector for England cricket.

According to The Times, the ECB’s director of cricket Andrew Strauss has decided to appoint the former Kent, Middlesex and England batsman as part of a big shake-up.

Smith will replace James Whitaker, who stepped down last month after a decade as an England selector.

Angus Fraser and Mick Newell, the other selectors, will also leave their positions as part of the revamp.

Smith has been working in the media since retiring from professional cricket in 2008 having played three Tests and 191 first-class matches.

The Times claims the new-look selection process will see around 12 scouts report directly to him.

A new full-time independent director will also be brought in, appointed personally by Smith, with head coach Trevor Bayliss making up the new three-man panel.

You can read the full story on the England cricket revamp on The Times’ website. 

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