He played a part in the recruitment of Bob Simpson as national coach in 1986 and then was a key figure in the selections of Australia’s golden generation, including Steve and Mark Waugh, Mark Taylor, Ian Healy, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne among many others. He was also an influential figure in the development of Australia’s Under-19 programmes and the Australian cricket academy in the late 1980s and 1990s, where a number of those players honed their craft.