Rotation policy row: Arthur hits out at critics

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Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 12:45 [IST]
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Oz coach Arthur defends selection policy

Adelaide, Jan 15: Following Brett Lee's views on Australia's selection policy that rests players to protect them from injuries, Australia coach Mickey Arthur has lashed out at critics terming the critics as 'naive' or 'stubborn'.

Australia coach irked by the comments on rotation policy and said that he was annoyed by such comments.

"We are very clear on who the best attack is and who the best team is," he said. "I have been annoyed and frustrated by some of the articles that are going around because common sense prevails when we pick teams. Every time we pick a team we are giving guys opportunities and we pick a team we think is the best side possible to do the job and win.

"So it's either very naive or just stubborn that people don't understand what we're doing."

Talking about the sports scientists and their role in managing a player's workload, Arthur said they aren't influencing the team management to take decisions.

"They give us information and then it's up to us to make the final decision," he said. "(Captain) Michael Clarke, myself and the selector on duty make the decision based on information that we are given.

Since Brett Lee had said that the Australian rotation policy is confusing especially after replacing Kane Richardson for Mitchell Starc, who has an ankle impingement. Moreover, Ben Cutting is also inlcuded in the squad and is likely to make his debut soon, which had also added a lot of confusion to the existing problems.

"You don't want to breed a culture where you're looking over your shoulder every time - who's out this week? Who's getting rested? Who's coming in because there are four or five guys waiting to take my spot? Lee had questioned the team's rotation policy on Saturday.

"People are getting rested on what if someone gets injured. "I just don't reckon you can do that, you can't have what if sort of policy."

Frustrated with critics and media, Arthur said that "I really wanted to put that on record because I'm sick and tired of talking about it and I'm certainly sick and tired of seeing some of the articles that are going around in the media."

Defending the rotation policy, Arthur also stated the reason why they had to rest Mitchell Starc for the second ODI against Sri Lanka on Jan 13, Sunday.

"Mitchell Starc plays in all three forms of the game and he had an ankle impingement, he's got spurs that are going to require an operation at some stage, we're hoping that will be a year down the line but at some stage it's going to give in.

"There was no point in us playing him in a Boxing Day test match and risk losing him for a one-day series and a tour of India. That would have been plain stupid. We make these decisions with a lot of thought of how and when we're going to use
that quick bowler.


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