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Aussie cricket fans deserve more
Brett Lee
10:00 AEST Thu Jan 10 2013

Brett Lee is a former Australia pace bowler who was both feared and respected by batsmen around the world. He is now a regular member of Channel Nine's cricket commentary team.
Brett Lee

If I was an Australian cricket fan hoping to see our best players in action in the first one-dayer against Sri Lanka on Friday night, I’d be disappointed.

That has nothing to do with the players who will take to the field at the MCG – they are all brilliant cricketers – but they are not the cream of the crop.

The decision to leave out skipper Michael Clarke, opening batsman David Warner and wicketkeeper/batsman Matthew Wade is a slap in the face to the paying public.

Sure, Clarkey’s absence might be justified if he’s still suffering back and hamstring problems, but Warner’s omission is puzzling. He is one of the most exciting cricketers in the world right now and it’s hard to believe that he needs a rest after his Test series. What batsman does for that matter?

Fast bowlers have the toughest part of playing cricket and even they should be picked for every single match that they are available for, if they are fit.

Yes, there have been injuries to a number of our fast bowlers over the past 12 months, but that’s nothing new and in my experience the guys that stay fit at the highest level are the guys who can back up time and time again. They’re the ones who are able to play six or seven Test matches.

After all, that’s what Test cricket is all about. It’s a test of courage, a test of character and a test of durability. If you can’t play two games back-to-back then you shouldn’t be there at all.

But to believe the rotation policy is going to deny Aussie fans the chance to see our best in action in the 50-overs format beggars belief.

I think that Australian players are being rested at random and it’s just not justified. I’m sure most fans would agree it’s time for the rotation policy to be reviewed.

I’ve got no doubt that Australia can still win their opener against Sri Lanka, but it’s just going to lack a lot of appeal for many. It should be a sell-out in sports-mad Melbourne, but I don’t think we’ll get anywhere near that.