Shane Warne blasts Australia's selection policies

Shane Warne termed Shaun Marsh’s exclusion from the Australian team “a joke” © Getty Images

Perth: Jan 15, 2013

Spin legend Shane Warne on Tuesday blasted Australia’s selection policies after Cricket Australia (CA) refused to allow recovering pacer James Pattinson to play for Melbourne Stars in Wednesday’s Big Bash League semi-final clash against Perth Scorchers at the WACA, yet gave a go ahead to play grade cricket at Victoria.

“We’re not allowed to play Pattinson because it’s too intense but he’s allowed to play eight overs of grade cricket with no help,” Warne was quoted as saying by news.com.au

“It’s just mind boggling how ridiculous that decision is and to me it is not a selection or a cricket person’s decision,” he added.

Warne further said, “Anyone with half a brain or common sense will know that playing a semi-final against good opposition where you get four overs is actually better for you than playing eight overs of grade cricket and standing out there for seven hours.”

“I know there have been some injuries, but it looks like strength and conditioning are picking the team, not the selectors,” the leg-spinner said.

Warne believes that the captain should take the call on the playing eleven.

“To me, the captain should always pick the team, in conjunction (with) the selectors to try and get the best team out on the park for Australia,” Warne said.

“Playing cricket for Australia is something special. It’s not just rotate around and give a guy a game and see how you go,” Warne added.

“There’s nothing like knowing you’ve performed well enough that you’re going to play the next game. That’s when you start performing at your best.”

The former Australian spinner termed Shaun Marsh’s exclusion from the team “a joke” and said that the Australian selectors need to back the players they have chosen to do well in the future.

“Guys like Shaun Marsh, how he’s not playing for Australia, is a joke,” Warne said.

“Yes, he got injured and yes, he didn’t do that well when he had his chance, but we all know he’s a good player,” he added.

Warne said it is important that the selectors back the players they have spotted.

“A sign of selecting a good team is knowing someone is a good player and sticking with them, even if they do have a bit of a rough trot at the start,” he said.

“I just think the Australian players in all forms need to put their hand up and say they want to play every game,” The Australian added.

“If you get injured, so be it, but I just think they need to take a bit more ownership,” Warne concluded.