John Inverarity named as Australia's national selector

Australia v South Africa - October 2011
Australia topped the Test rankings for six years

Former Test batsman John Inverarity has been named as Australia cricket's full-time national selector.

The 67-year-old replaces Andrew Hilditch, who lost his job in August after a review which followed the Test team's 3-1 Ashes defeat at home.

"John's been an outstanding contributor to cricket as a captain, player, coach, selector and mentor," said Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland.

"His work outside cricket as an educator of the young was significant."

Australia are fourth in the world Test rankings behind England, South Africa and India, having led the standings for 74 months between 2003 and 2009.

Inverarity, who played six Tests for Australia between 1968 and 1972, had coaching roles with English county sides Warwickshire and Kent, and has also been a schoolteacher and headmaster.

"I have had a great passion for cricket for many years and have found my involvement in the game as a player, a coach, a mentor and an observer hugely rewarding," said the new national selector.

His first duties will be for the first Test against New Zealand in December.

Australia have yet to announce who their new head coach will be following the resignation of Tim Nielsen in September.

Troy Cooley is filling the role on an interim basis for the current tour of South Africa, but is not applying to take over permanently.

On the same day as Inverarity's appointment, another former Test cricketer, Wally Edwards, was named as Cricket Australia's new chairman.