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.”