CA defend rotation policy after Warne attack

Feb 05, 2013, 09:13 IST | AFP

Australian cricket chiefs yesterday backed chief selector John Inverarity after stinging criticism from Test great Shane Warne and other ex-players over the controversial rotation policy

Warne used his website to speak out against resting players — particularly fast bowlers — to guard them from breaking down as a result of the relentless demands of international cricket.

But Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Wally Edwards insisted Australia were on the right track after meeting under-fire Inverarity and general manager of team performance Pat Howard.

Shane Warne

The CA board gave its “unequivocal support” for the methods being used after Howard and Inverarity addressed the board of directors in Melbourne yesterday against a backdrop of criticism from former players and the media.

Warne, 43, yesterday called for the best 11 to be selected at all times in each form of the game on his website

“When we were number one there weren’t mission statements flying around, but we got the selection process right and the best 11 were selected for every game,” he said.

“Example: Glenn McGrath didn’t want to be rotated or rested, he wanted to play every game, and we all did.”

The comments from the spin legend came in part two of his manifesto entitled “Where is Australian cricket at?”, a week after he labelled cricket chiefs “muppets”.

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