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Australia are once again trailing India in the ongoing Test series (AFP Photo)

Adam Gilchrist has advised the Australian selectors to not tinker with the Test squad and select the best possible team for each series leading up to the Ashes next year.

After the ongoing series against India, Australia will next host Sri Lanka for a two-Test series. The nature of the series could tempt the management to experiment and rest the preferred players, but Gilchrist is against the idea.

He reckons the former world no. 1 Test team cannot afford to go to England for the high-profile Ashes tour on the back of successive defeats to India and Sri Lanka at home.

“I’d like to win the next Test match and focus on that,” Gilchrist was quoted as saying by Foxsports.com.au on Monday. “There is always an over-arching view about the future of the game. I think that’s an area over the past five or six years around the whole high performance area: A desire to focus on the marquee series’ and not the small ones. That way you can take your eye off the real development part of players’ game and learning day in, day out Test cricket. Resting, rotating or whatever you want to call it. Just pick the best team for every game possible and get that cultural feeling right.”

He further added, “You have to beat Sri Lanka too. You can’t go to the Ashes having lost two home series to sub-continental teams. You’ve got to keep all of that in perspective.”

The Australian great also feels that the nature of criticism that allrounder Mitchell Marsh has been facing for his recent failures in Test cricket is more personal than logical and feels that shouldn’t be the case. “A lot of it (criticism) seems to get almost a personally motivated attack on them as a person rather than their cricket. It’s not his fault that he gets picked and re-picked. It’s the selectors. Maybe have a crack at them. For the individual involved, he just goes away when he gets dropped, works as hard as he can and does the best he can when he gets recalled. He hasn’t put the numbers on the board that means he will escape speculation about his position but don’t make it personal,” he said.