Darren Gough describes appointment of new chief selector as 'jobs for the boys'

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Retired English cricketer and former Yorkshire captain Darren Gough has criticised Ed Smith's appointment as new chief selector, branding it as "another job for the boys".

Former Test batsmen Smith will look to change the way England squads are selected, with emphasis being placed on data rather than pure cricket judgement.

But, having played with director of cricket Andrew Strauss at Middlesex, Gough believes Strauss has just handed the role to one of his mates.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Gough said: “It’s jobs for the boys again by the look of it. He’s one of Straussy’s mates.

“It’s not surprising they are changing the selectors. There has been no real plan to selection — it’s been all over the shop.

“Ed Smith is a very intelligent man, Cambridge-educated. But whether he gets selection right is another matter.”

40-year-old Smith played three Tests for England back in 2003, and will now replace James Whitaker as national selector.

Smith will now hire a no.2 to join head coach Trevor Bayliss on the new three-man head coach panel.

The former Middlesex man will also oversee a network of scouts of former players and receive input from ECB's national performance centre coaches.

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Other candidates for the post included former England bowlers Derek Pringle and Mike Selvey, plus current selector Mike Newell.

Former coach Andy Flower, who guided England to no.1 in the world rankings and is now in charge of the England Lions, was also a contender.

With batsmen like James Vince, Keaton Jennings, Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley, Alex Hales, and Gary Ballance having played Test cricket with little success in recent years, England hope a greater use of date will improve selection.

With experience as a consultant for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2016 IPL, Smith has also spent time commentating on Test Match Special.

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Not universally popular at either Kent or Middlesex, Smith's appointment will certainly not be welcomed by everyone.

Asked to give a presentation entitled 'Selection- art or science?', Smith's willingness to embrace numbers is said to have impressed Strauss.

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