It’s already been rumoured that former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting will be appointed chair of the board of selectors, but a caller to 6PR in Perth says the announcement could come as soon as this week. After Rod Marsh stood down following Australia’s disastrous opening of the summer series, Trevor Hohns was named interim chairman, with Greg Chappell also joining the panel on a temporary basis. Ponting’s calendar is newly freed up after he stood aside as coach of the Indian Premier League team, the Mumbai Indians and he has said he would consider taking on a coaching or selection role with the Australian side.

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