Steve Waugh urges Australian selectors to pick and stick with top six batsmen

Steve Waugh said batsmen feel insecure all the time © Getty Images

Aug 13, 2013

Former Australia captain Steve Waugh wants selectors to pick and stick with top six batsmen in a bid to put the Australian cricket back on winning ways.

According to Waugh, the fear of getting dropped from the national side is preventing the cricketers to play their natural game.

Waugh was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald, “Look at Phil Hughes, he’s been up and down the order and has been dropped three or four times in 20 Tests. That doesn’t give you much confidence. Usman Khawaja is another example.

“Selectors have got to say: ‘We’re going to go through some tough times, but these are the six or seven batsmen we believe in and we’re going to back them even if they don’t succeed straight away’,” he said.

Australia lost the Ashes to England when they suffered a humiliating 74-run loss to the hosts in the fourth Test at Durham.

The touring side suffered a batting collapse for the second time in the series and thus lost the prestigious series for the third time in a row.

Waugh concluded, “It took a long while for me to get it right as well. But I had the benefit of getting it wrong. Right now, the selectors need to pick and stick and show confidence in players.”