“There is, obviously, another position available now for another selector. I guess just play it by year for time being and see what happens.
“It will probably come up during the course of the season at some stage.”
Missing stars Steve Smith and David Warner last summer and, to a lesser extent, Cameron Bancroft, all through suspension, the selectors were under immense pressure at a time the team was rebuilding its culture and image.
India claimed a breakthrough series win but the Australians were able to salvage the summer by sweeping Sri Lanka. It was also the first summer of two host broadcasters, meaning there was a greater critique of the team as networks Seven and Fox Cricket looked to make an impression.
“It was a difficult time for everybody concerned at that stage,” Hohns said of the on-and-off field issues last summer.
“That is just the way it is. Selection these days, you are under so much scrutiny. Everyone always has a different view and what have you. But there is so much scrutiny these days. I guess you take it on knowing that. That’s the way it is.”
Hohns, never afraid to make the unpopular call, had initially been a national selector from 1993 until 2006, including a decade as chairman. This was largely a period of dominance in the Test and one-day international arenas.
Ben Oliver, Cricket Australia’s head of team performance, is on the hunt for a replacement selector for Greg Chappell, who stood down after the Ashes. This has left Hohns and Justin Langer, the latter also coach, as selectors and with a heavy workload on the eve of the new season.
Hohns has split his time between Melbourne and Brisbane through the opening round of the Sheffield Shield, while WA-based Langer is likely to do the same in round two next weekend.
The new role is expected to have an extensive Twenty20 focus, for Australia will host the men’s World Cup in October next year. However, insiders expect it to also have other responsibilities. Former batsmen Michael Klinger and Brad Hodge – who had extensive Twenty20 careers – and former Test opener Ed Cowan have been mooted as possibilities.
Aaron Finch, the captain of Australia’s short-form teams, said a selector specialising in Twenty20 cricket would aid all parties.
“It is not a bad idea, absolutely The more time and effort that can be put into it [will be beneficial],” he said.
“I think with the T20 World Cup coming up it is going to be of extra importance. It is a trophy that has eluded us so far and we probably haven’t brought out the best in terms of making the semi-finals in the last couple of World T20s.”
Jon Pierik is cricket writer for The Age. He also covers AFL and has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.