Adding a new dimension to rotation policy, Cricket Australia has decided to play its best players only in important series while series that are deemed less important will be used to develop new players.
“We do look at different series differently and obviously we took the Indian series very much about trying to drive performance, so if a player was touch and go, we’d probably push him for this series knowing that if we had to rest him for part of the ODI series so be it. For New Zealand we took more of a conservative approach, took the chance to get people right,” Cricket Australia team performance chief Pat Howard said.
Not the B Team
However, Howard assured that Australia will never field its ‘B’ team.
“There are risks associated with that and we have to keep that balance. Without question we want to win every series and we’re never going to go in with a B-team against anybody, that’s for sure. But we will take the opportunity to introduce players and with the downside of losing Hobart the upside is that we got to see David Warner at his best. At times we will take educated risks during a series to maintain overall opportunity to introduce players,” Howard was quoted by The Age.