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Sydney: Australia after loss against South Africa already suffered their first casualty after their chairman of selectors Rod Marsh announced his resignation from immediate effect. Announcement came in just hours after Cricket Australia James Sutherland backed Marsh as chairman of selector. Chairman of selectors Rod Marsh has stepped down with immediate effect after a humiliating run of five heavy Test defeats, Cricket Australia said Wednesday. The former wicketkeeping great, 69, quit amid recriminations about the poorly performing national team which crashed to a first-ever home series defeat to South Africa on Tuesday. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 2nd Test at Hobart

“This is my own decision and no one within Cricket Australia has pressured me or even suggested that I should do this,” Marsh said in a statement. “Clearly, though, it is time for some fresh thinking, just as it is for our Test team to welcome some new faces as we build for the future. I have always had the best interests of Australian cricket foremost in my heart, and that’s why I have made this decision,” Marsh added. Australia vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Australian side in shambles; Steven Smith not to be blamed alone

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the role and want to thank the coach, the staff, my co-selectors and all the players for their support and honesty over the past two and a half years. It was a thrill for me to be involved in many successes, including the World Cup win in 2015. I wish the captain, coach and the team all the best going forward. We will be great again,” concluded Marsh in his statement.