Australian selectors available for communication, vouches Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne made his Test debut in the UAE. © Getty

While some Australian cricketers have recently been outspoken in their frustration at a lack of clarify from the national selection panel, the Queensland allrounder Marnus Labuschagne has stated his content with the channels of communication.

Labuschagne was dropped from Australia’s Tests squad after managing 81 runs in four innings against Pakistan in the UAE, and later recalled for the recent Sydney Test versus India where he batted at No 3 and scored 38.

While the likes of Matthew Wade, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Ashton Agar have recently spoken publicly about their frustration at being overlooked for international duty, the 24-year-old Labuschagne said on Wednesday that he had had a positive dialogue with the sectors since first being called up. (ALSO READ: Labuschagne keen to own No. 3 slot)

“They both actually called me – the selectors and (coach) Justin (Langer) when I got dropped,” Labuschagne said on Macquarie Sports Radio. “And that conversation goes down pretty easy. At that time, I hadn’t scored many runs in shield cricket, so I didn’t really have a leg to stand on. So it just became a matter of what am I going to do to get back in there, and that was the currency of runs.”

Wade this week openly questioned the explanation given for his exclusion from Australia’s Test squad to face Sri Lanka this month, after having, in his estimation, ticked all the boxes required for a recall. Pace bowler Coulter-Nile was harsher while criticising poor communication from the selectors following his omission from the ODI squad currently playing India, stating that the panel had not checked his fitness status properly. (ALSO READ: World Cup role locked, Shaun Marsh not fretting about Test selection)

Speaking to the media earlier this month, the chief selector Trevor Hohns said that there was an “open line of communication” between the national panel and cricketers.

”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,” said Hohns. “The state talent managers as well are encouraged to encourage the players to give us a call, as is the chairman of selectors from their respective states. People are always told why they’ve been left out, so there can be no misunderstanding whatsoever.”

Labuschagne agreed with Hohns. “Absolutely you can (contact them),” he said. “In my experience, it’s been pretty clear what’s happened when I’ve been dropped. “(I’ve) been given reasons why and those reasons have been valid. So I haven’t experienced anything like that with the communication thing.”

The subject of communication between selectors and players was highlighted by Australian Cricketers Association president Greg Dyer amid the ongoing debate about potential being given more sway than performance.