London: England have appointed Geoff Miller to the newly-created post of national selector and sidelined the former chairman of selectors David Graveney.
Miller will head up a four-man selection panel which will include head coach Peter Moores but be without Graveney, the chairman of selectors since 1997.
Graveney has been moved into a performance director role in which he will be charged with overseeing the development of youngsters at the 18 academies set up by English counties.
Moores and Miller will be joined on the panel by two part-time selectors, former Test players Ashley Giles and James Whitaker.
Miller was part of the previous three-man selection team, alongside Moores and Graveney, and is appointed to a new role created as a result of a review ordered in the wake of England's poor performances in Australia in 2006/07 and in last year's World Cup.
Miller, who played 34 Tests for England between 1976 and 1984, said: "This is a new post and I will approach it in my own way but I have learned a great deal from working with David Graveney on the selection panel since 2000 and wish him every success in his new role."
The new national selector does not intend giving up his sideline as an after dinner speaker specialising in anecdotes from his playing days.
"I won't give it up because it is part of me," he said. "I am in the entertainment business and I enjoy it.
"The actual job is the priority to me now but there are certain after dinner jobs I have to fulfil. If I have to cancel one or two then so be it but as it stands I can promote the game as well as speak."
Graveney, meanwhile, has been left to reflect on the end of his involvement with England's elite players.
He said: "While I am naturally disappointed to be no longer directly involved with the England team, I am looking forward to taking up my new role and feel that 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."
Miller added: "Yes, he was disappointed, there are no two ways about that, but he understands the situation and the friendship between David Graveney and Geoff Miller will not alter one iota."
Giles, part of England's 2005 Ashes-winning team, will combine his selector's role with that of director of cricket at Warwickshire.