Cricket Australia named Earl Eddings to lead the organisation out of crisis Wednesday, opting for a safe pair of hands already serving on the board.
"I am honoured to serve in this position and am committed to making cricket stronger and a game that we can all be proud of," Eddings said.
Cricket Australia has been struck by a string of bad performances by the men's test side, after a ball tampering scandal saw the captain and vice-captain banned for cheating.
Amid the pressure, former chairman David Peever also quit.
Ex-captain Mark Taylor, who was tipped to be the likely replacement recently quit the board, while CA director and ex-fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz was overlooked.
The board instead opted for "a well-regarded member of the team with a solid understanding of our history," said director Jacquie Hey.
"Earl's involvement over the past decade provides continuity in a time of change," she added.
In March, top players were caught applying sandpaper to alter the condition of ball at a Test match in Cape Town against South Africa.
Then-captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner were banned for 12 months, and batsman Cameron Bancroft for nine months over their roles in the incident.
Coach Darren Lehmann quit soon after and then-chief executive James Sutherland stepped down last month.