London, June 24: Australia captain Michael Clarke has stepped down as a selector, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Monday.
Clarke has decided to give up the role due to "conflict interest" and "significant drain" on his time.
CA's CEO James Sutherland said this was a decision that had been coming since the tour of India.
"Michael (Clarke) first approached Pat Howard (CA's Executive General Manager Team Performance) in March after the recent Indian series and requested to stand down as a selector so that he could focus on the team and avoid any perceived conflicts of interest.
"Being a team selector was proving to be a significant drain on Michael's time and he sees this as distracting from his primary responsibilities as a player and as captain," Sutherland said.
Also on Monday, Darren Lehmann was confirmed as new coach of Australia after the sacking of Mickey Arthur earlier in the day.
The latest developments come 16 days ahead of the Ashes series.