The team selection policies and the poor performances of the Australian cricket team has invited a lot of chatter in recent weeks and former cricketer Shane Watson believes that frequent changes to the team will be detrimental.The former Australian all-rounder has also urged the national selectors to have faith in the players and give them a run in the side.
“They (selectors) need to stop doing what they’re doing because it’s not getting the best out of anyone,” Watson told the Herald when asked about Chris Lynn’s exclusion from the ODI set-up.
“The easiest thing to do when things aren’t going well is to drop someone. The hardest thing is to have faith in the skills and judgment of a player when things aren’t going to plan.
“Not everyone kills it from the start and all the way to the end of their career.
“You need to stick with people and build their confidence, not just for the players under fire, but the others who are looking over their shoulder and seeing what’s happening to their mates.
“When the [selectors’] actions are to chop and change all the time … it will cause everyone to play for themselves so they can keep their gig to play for their country.”
Watson’s argument holds strong, but in the recent series against India, the selectors copped flak for picking the wrong set of players as they allegedly ignored players from the Sheffield Shield.
While outgoing Cricket NSW boss Andrew Jones feels that the best players from the Sheffield Shield are not getting a look in, transparency is what Cricket Tasmania boss Nick Cummins wants to see more of.
Tasmania’s Matthew Wade, who according to Ricky Ponting should make the Test team, was top of the run-scoring charts in the Sheffield Shield at Christmas with 571 runs at an average of 63.44
“We’re a little bit confused at the moment about what the players need to do to press their case for selection,” Cummins said. “We accept that there is a transition with Pat Howard departing and looking for a new high performance manager but certainly we’d like to see criteria be a little more transparent.
“As a guiding principle it was clear that runs were the currency and I guess we’d like to see transparency around that.”
Australia has a three-man selection panel with the likes of Trevor Hohns, Greg Chappell and Justin Langer and there have been talks about giving a coach the final say
“We have the same philosophy as Cricket NSW,” Cummins said. “We believe that the decision-making and the consequences sit with the same person and in that case, it’s the head coach.
“I wouldn’t want anyone else to hire my staff at Cricket Tasmania and I don’t think anyone should pick the players apart from the coach.
“If he wants to pick his favourite players and his favourite players perform then it doesn’t really matter. The coach is never going to self-sabotage and pick a team he doesn’t think is going to win for him. If they try and keep their friends happy they probably won’t be a coach for very long.
“That’s where the coaches need to have the power to do that because ultimately they’re the ones who suffer the consequences. I don’t know any coach who would pick a mate who isn’t making enough [runs].”
First Published: January 8, 2019, 12:28 PM IST