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Mark Waugh steps down as Australian selector

AFP  |  Sydney 

Australian great today quit as a national selector to take up a television commentary role as broadcasters jockey for top talent after a new rights deal was agreed.

Waugh will not renew his contract when it expires on August 31 but will remain on the panel for the upcoming Australian tours of England and

"Working alongside my fellow selectors, the coaching staff and players over the past four years has been a privilege, and I'm proud of the achievements of the Australian teams across all formats in this time," he said.

"I firmly believe Australian has a wealth of talented players in its ranks right now, and I look forward to watching the team continue to go from strength to strength in the years to come." No replacement has been announced with his departure, leaving the panel consisting of Trevor Hohns, and new

Waugh, who played 128 Tests and 244 one-dayers for Australia, has been a selector since 2014, focusing mostly on Twenty20s but also providing input on the one-day international and Test teams.

He leaves to join pay-tv company Fox Sports, which along with the free-to-air won a bidding war last month for television and digital rights in in a six-year deal worth almost Aus$1.2 billion (US$918 million).

It ended cricket's four-decade relationship with the rival and also sidelined the CBS-backed Ten Network, which had previously screened games.

Since then the two broadcasters have been working to secure top commentary teams.

has also signed with Fox along with Allan Border, Mike Hussey, and England's Shane Warne, Australia's most sought-after commentator, is widely expected to follow suit.

Test legend will lead Seven's coverage.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 09:45 IST
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