Rotation becoming a 'dirty word' in Australian cricket

Sydney, Jan. 13 (ANI): Rotation and resting have become the 'dirty words' in Australian cricket as players are being shuffled in and out at the whim of Cricket Australia's new brigade of bosses.

Team performance chief Pat Howard and selection boss John Inverarity have been likened to the puppet masters pulling the strings and players are rested and rotated for almost every Test, reports News.com.au.

Peter Siddle was rested from the most important Test of the summer, when the title of Test top dogs was up for grabs against South Africa in Perth, yet returned against the modest Sri Lankan batsmen.

No one seems to know what is going on with Mitchell Johnson and it is just as unclear whether Jackson Bird is now considered in Australia's top team, the report said.

Former spearhead Brett Lee is a strident critic of the rest and rotations.

Several fast bowlers are deeply upset and disturbed by the rotation policy, which is leading to uncertainty and insecurity within the pace bowling ranks, the report said.

The problem is these bowlers are afraid to openly speak their mind as they are all on lucrative Cricket Australia contracts and understandably don't want to speak out and fall foul of their employer and put future earnings at risk. (ANI)

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