Shane Warne attacks Cricket Australia over rotation policy

Warne said the team was not being picked on merit but on fitness grounds. "I don't want to hear any of this 'rotation', I don't want to hear any of this 'resting'," he said. "I think the players ought to take a bit more ownership and say 'you know what, I want to play, if you don't think I should be in the side, drop me'.

updated: January 16, 2013 14:25 IST
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Bangalore: Shane Warne has launched a scathing attack on Cricket Australia's rotation policy after the selectors decided to give Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja a game each in the first two One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka before dropping them for the third ODI.

"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 told The Australian. "What sort of pressure is that on a particular player knowing he's got one game – see how you go? There is nothing like knowing that you have performed well enough and are going to play the next game. That is when you perform your best."

Mitchell Starc's omission from the Boxing Day Test was the most contentious of a number of changes made to the squad and came despite Starc taking five wickets in the second innings of the previous Test, at Hobart, with selectors keen to ensure he did not break down with injury.

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