Michael Clarke returns amid criticism over Australia's selection policy

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 January, 2013, 3:35am


Skipper Michael Clarke returned yesterday to the one-day squad to lead Australia after a thrashing by Sri Lanka and an ear-bashing over selection policy from former stars.

Quick bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc were also brought back in after being withdrawn as a precaution to protect niggling minor injuries.

Opener David Warner and keeper Matthew Wade completed the list of big guns coming back after a rest for the third and fourth one-dayers in Brisbane on Friday and in Sydney on Sunday.

National selector John Inverarity also unveiled Moises Henriques as the latest newcomer to get his chance.

The selection policy came in for stinging criticism yesterday after a second-string side were dismissed for 170, leaving Sri Lanka to win at a canter with 59 deliveries left on Sunday.

Phillip Hughes was the only member of the test XI who played in Adelaide.

The Daily Telegraph tabloid in Sydney called the selectors "trigger happy", adding that "Australia's controversial rotation policy appeared to affect the national team's performance in last night's defeat".

Australia did put Sri Lanka to the sword in the opening match of the five-game series in Melbourne on Friday. But coach Mickey Arthur sensed the mood after Sunday's thrashing and went on the attack.

He said he was "sick and tired" of misinformation that Australia had a pace bowling rotation policy after using 10 quicks this southern summer.

"It's either very naive or just a little bit stubborn that people don't understand what we're doing," Arthur said. "The example I have used is Black Caviar. When he goes and runs a horse race, if they don't feel he's 100 per cent right, they don't release it.

"The constant thought that sports scientists are picking the team is so far way off the mark it's frightening."

Former fast bowler Geoff Lawson called yesterday for Australia to field their best team, while Brett Lee has hit out at the rotation policy as cheapening the value of an Australia cap.

Former skipper Ian Chappell charged Cricket Australia with creating "more confusion than an algebra test".