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Open Line of Communication With Players, Says Australia Chairman of Selectors

Cricketnext Staff |January 9, 2019, 3:23 PM IST
Open Line of Communication With Players, Says Australia Chairman of Selectors

Australian selection committee chairman Trevor Hohns has been under the hammer with some players on the sidelines complaining about the lack of communication on their non-selection for ODI or Test squads.

Hohns spoke to cricket.com.au, clarifying the selection for the Test squad to play Sri Lanka and said there is an ‘open line of communication with the players’.

“I won't get into individual cases, of course. But the procedure is when we select a side, players are notified by myself — this is what I do — notified whether they’re in. And those who have been left out of the previous team or squad get notified. They are given a reason, it may well be 2-3 lines or what have you. Because I'm upfront and say the truth,” said Hohns.

“There's an open line of communication. It’s their careers so if they’re unclear about anything, we’d like to think they can get some clarity if they want and take some ownership of their careers. There are no WhatsApp messages. It’s direct by phone or if I’m present at the time and the players are there, it’s always face-to-face.”

Experienced southpaw Shaun Marsh, who averages just 17.9 in the 2018/19 season after six Tests, has failed to grab a berth for the Sri Lanka Tests.

“Shaun hasn’t, certainly, done what we’d like him to have done over the last period and I am sure he would say the same thing. As far as the Ashes go, that’s a long way off. He now has the opportunity in one-day cricket to get some form back,” Australian chairman of selectors said about Marsh.

The selection committee also felt that Glenn Maxwell was more suited to the needs of limited-overs cricket with the upcoming 2019 World Cup in England. Maxwell, who was left out of the India Test, failed to find a spot against the Lankans as well.

“This is nothing to do with (his character) at all. Sure, when we look at teams now we obviously take into account players’ characters, but I can assure you there is not issue whatsoever. Glenn hasn’t played Test cricket for us for a while and I guess right here and now we are wanting him to focus on white-ball cricket with the World Cup coming up. We’ve had several conversations with Glenn about all this and right now he is just content to focus on one-day cricket and white-ball cricket,” Hohns said about Maxwell’s absence from the Test side.

On the return of Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw as openers, Hohns said, “Joe Burns has a great record in Test cricket. He’s scored hundreds and has been in good form leading up to when the Big Bash started. Matt Renshaw, on the other hand, is very, very highly regarded young player.”

The selection committee chairman was not worried about lack of quality all-rounder in the Australian side at the moment. “There's always talk about having an all-rounder in your side, particularly in different conditions of course. My only answer to that is; if the all-rounder isn't performing and you don't have a good all-rounder, maybe we shouldn't have one and go back to the stock-standard six batsmen and four bowlers,” Hohns felt.

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