Graveney passed over as Miller steps into selector's role
Saturday 19 January 2008
David Graveney yesterday became the first, and so far only, victim of the Schofield Report, when he was overlooked for the job of national selector in favour of his deputy, Geoff Miller.
The former Derbyshire, Essex and England off-spinning all-rounder will preside over a four-man panel comprising himself, England coach Peter Moores and two part-time selectors, Ashley Giles and James Whitaker.
"It's an honour and a privilege," said Miller, who played in 34 Tests for England between 1976 and 1984. "I will approach it in my own way but I have learned a great deal from David Graveney."
The appointments of Giles and Whitaker, who have both tasted Ashes series triumphs, suggests the ECB is looking to the future. Giles is clearly being groomed for the national selector's role sometime ahead.
The left-arm spinner, who retired through injury last year, has just taken up a post as Warwickshire's director of cricket.
Whitaker, who won one Test cap in the victorious 1986-87 Ashes series, is a former manager of the England A and Under-19 teams, and captained Leicestershire to county championships in 1996 and 1998, subsequently working for the club as coach and director of cricket.
The role of a national selector as a full-time position was one of 19 recommendations made last year by the review group headed by Ken Schofield following England's humiliating 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia and subsequent failure in the World Cup.
Graveney, who had been chairman of selectors for more than a decade, has not been ditched completely.
The England and Wales Cricket Board has appointed him national performance manager, responsible for monitoring the progress of the most promising young players in county cricket.
Graveney said: "While I am naturally disappointed no longer to be directly involved with the England team, I feel I can play an important part in ensuring that we maintain a consistent flow of world-class talent from the county academies into our international teams at all levels."
During Graveney's reign England enjoyed more consistency of selection for the Test side, and Graveney expressed pride at being associated with a team that won eight successive Tests in 2004, recaptured the Ashes the following year and won overseas series in South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
The one-day international record was abysmal, however. To avoid a repetition of that Miller will travel with the England team abroad, ending the policy of the captain and coach selecting the final XI while overseas.
Miller's salary will be around £80,000, but he is reputed to earn more than £200,000 as an after-dinner speaker and he insisted he will not be calling time on that lucrative front.
"I won't give it up because it is part of me. I am in the entertainment business and I enjoy it. I can get out to dinners and promote the cause of English cricket. It is not just a case of standing up and talking to people for half an hour. I don't see why the two cannot go together."
newsFormer soldier taped 33 of the animals to the floor and then stamped on them one by one
Michelle Nijhuis' daughter insists (s)he is, and she learnt a valuable lesson on gender in books
Geoffrey Macnab reviews American Hustle, also starring Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper
news Opponents claim it would stop performers such as Beyonce and Madonna appearing on TV
It takes a platoon of chefs, litres of brandy and rum, and almost 100kg of dried fruit
Mesut Ozil reveals he really is the Superman at Arsenal, Jack Wilshere is Batman and don't make Lukas Podolski angry - it's the Arsenal Christmas Party
Transfer news: Liverpool - January transfer targets
Missing out on Tottenham job was a 'close shave', says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
The most underrated players in the Premier League
Transfer news: Chelsea - January transfer targets
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 North Koreans are gasping for the truth: Let's give it to them
- 3 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
- 5 Cycle death inquest: Boyfriend hugs driver of 32 tonne tipper truck that killed his girlfriend