Arthur slams rotation critics

Written By komlim puldel on Minggu, 13 Januari 2013 | 23.08

Australian debutant Kane Richardson was banned from bowling out his overs after receiving three warnings by the umpire for running across the wicket. Picture: Sarah Reed Source: The Advertiser

AUSTRALIAN coach Mickey Arthur has blown up at critics of team rotation led by former Test stalwarts Brett Lee and Ian Chappell after Sri Lanka levelled the one-day series in Adelaide.

Lee has railed against the handing out of cheap national caps and confusion over what the best one-day side with David Warner and Matthew Wade rested from the opening games of the one-day series along with skipper Michael Clarke.

All will return for game three in Brisbane.

Mitchell Johnson (ribs) and Mitchell Starc (calf) were rested owing to minor ailments affording debuts to Kane Richardson and Ben Cutting in the eight wicket loss to Sri Lanka in Adelaide

It was criticism of resting Starc in the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka and in Adelaide last night that riled Arthur who revealed the 22-year-old left-armer is battling the pain of bone spurs in his ankle each time he bowls.

"Starc has ankle spurs which will give in at some stage. We didn't want to risk him for the Boxing Day Test and lose him for the one-day series then tours of India and England," said Arthur with Chappell questioning the handling of the boom bowler.

"I have been annoyed and frustrated by some of the articles that have been going around. Common sense prevails.

"We are picking the best side possible to win. It is either very naïve or stubborn that people don't understand what we are doing."

Lee says Australia doesn't know its best side as it is chopping and changing too much while the resting policy is flawed with Ben Hilfenhaus breaking down in the Hobart Test after rested.

Arthur countered saying he and skipper Michael Clarke made calls in the best interests of players – not so called sports science boffins.

"We are very clear on who the best team and attack is. When Black Caviar is to run a horse race, if they don't feel he is 100 per cent right they don't release it," said Arthur, also lamenting veteran Brad Haddin's hamstring strain in Adelaide that will end his international comeback.

"We had had only three examples of fast bowler being rested, Ryan Harris in the West Indies, Mitch Starc in Boxing Day and Peter Siddle in Perth. We have done that because we think they are at risk, with the amount of cricket we play it is impossible to keep the guys on the park in every game.

"The thought that sports scientists pick the team is so far off the mark it is frightening. Michael, myself and selectors on duty make the decision when the information is given."

However, Arthur did concede batsman Usman Khawaja was forced out of the side after his Melbourne debut to give all-rounder Steve Smith a game, which backfired as Australia needed more recognized batsman in folding for 170 in Adelaide.

Johnson and Starc will be available for selection with the squad for games three and four to be announced today.

Arthur said Starc's calf ailment and Johnson's lingering side discomfort meant playing in Adelaide was unwise.

"The calf is a separate problem. Starc will join the squad and be available to play in Brisbane," Arthur said.

"Mitch Johnson has pain in his side which started at the Sydney Test and we played him through. It flared up in Melbourne. He will be available again come Friday – if it was a semi final in a World Cup both would have played."

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