Meanwhile, Clarke’s predecessor as captain Ricky Ponting has defended Cricket
Australia’s much-talked about rotation policy, saying it is ‘impossible’ for
fans to expect the country’s best players to play all the time.
Ponting – who scored 13,378 runs in a 168-Test career for his country –
decided to walk away from the game in November just weeks before his 38th
Speaking to Fox Sports, the Tasmanian stood by the use of rotation by
the selectors in recent Test and one-day international fixtures.
“The rotational thing…I’m totally for it,” Ponting said.
“The people who are making these decisions are making them for the right
reasons and they are making them for the betterment, they think, of the team
and the individual players there and then at the time.
“Most of the guys in this current team now are playing all three forms of the
game. And they are playing IPL (Indian Premier League) and they are playing
Champions League (Twenty20 tournament). They are playing a lot of cricket.
“I can understand the public…would be a little bit disappointed that our
best players aren’t playing every game but I really think it’s impossible to
expect that our best players do play every game.”
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