Trevor Hohns was appointed Australia’s interim chairman of selectors after Rod Marsh quit, with Greg Chappell drafted in to help a national team in crisis.
The experienced Hohns, who previously served as chief selector during a hugely successful period for Australia, currently sits on the four-man selection panel along with Mark Waugh, coach Darren Lehmann, and now Chappell.
Cricket Australia chairman David Peever said Hohns had agreed to step up to ensure continuity while the search for a full-time chairman is carried out.
“Trevor is highly experienced as a selector, and will ensure we place our best players on the field this summer while we seek a permanent replacement for Rod,” said Peever.
Former Test fast bowler Jason Gillespie and ex-captains Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh have all been touted as possible successors to Marsh.
The retired wicketkeeper resigned on Wednesday with immediate effect after a run of five heavy Test defeats left the team humiliated and facing demands for heads to roll.
They crashed to a third-straight home series defeat to South Africa on Tuesday and now face being whitewashed in a home series for the first time in their history if they lose to the Proteas in Adelaide next week.
While spinner Hohns only played seven Tests for Australia in the late 1980s, he had a highly successful previous stint as chairman of selectors.
Under his guidance, Australia won a record 16 successive Test matches and claimed the 1999 and 2003 World Cups in a golden era. He rejoined the selection panel in 2014.
He will be helped in trying to turn around the team’s fortunes by former Test captain Chappell, who has been drafted in on a temporary basis with a raft of changes expected for Adelaide.
Lehmann declared only four players -- captain Steve Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood -- were sure to keep their places after Australia’s second demoralising collapse in the Hobart Test this week.
Peever said Chappell had been instrumental in restructuring Cricket Australia’s youth pathway programme and had his finger on the pulse of young talent.
“His in-depth knowledge of up-and-coming talent in the Australian system will be invaluable,” he said.
Australia’s team announcement for next week’s third and final day-night Test in Adelaide has been delayed until Sunday so selectors can assess players’ form in domestic Sheffield Shield matches.