Michael Clarke resigns as Australia selector: Report

Michael Clarke is believed to have had differences of opinion on many important selection issues with chief selector John Inverarity © AFP

Sydney: Jun 24, 2013

Australia captain Michael Clarke on Monday resigned as a selector of the national side in wake of Mickey Arthur’s sacking as head coach, few weeks before the Ashes 2013 series, a report said.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the decision to quit as a selector is a part of the coaching restructure that will be confirmed by Cricket Australia in a press conference on Monday.

The report added that it is not yet clear whether Darren Lehmann, who is slated to take over from Arthur as the new head coach, will retain a role as a selector or not.

Clarke is believed to have had differences of opinion on many important selection issues with the Chairman of the National Selection Panel (NSP), John Inverarity.

Also, there is a view among few key people in the Australian cricket setup that having the captain as a selector can trouble his relationship with players. The Don Argus review in 2011 suggested that the captain and the coach of the Australia national side must be given authority as selectors.