Birmingham: Australia selection chief Rodney Marsh said yesterday he had no option but to leave wicket-keeper Brad Haddin out of the third Ashes Test against England at Edgbaston.
"He's a fantastic player with a fantastic attitude but he's averaging 15 in his last 12 Test matches," said Marsh.
"We needed runs down there, he didn't keep well — and he'll admit that," added Marsh.
Haddin, the vice-captain, has been overlooked in favour of the younger Peter Nevill after the 37-year-old pulled out of the second Test at Lord's to be with his sick daughter Mia.
Marsh and coach Darren Lehmann, the two on-tour selectors, opted to stick with Nevill for the third Test, a decision which led to intense criticism from several former Australia internationals including Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden, Shane Warne and Ian Healy.