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Irate Arthur blasts rotation critics
Steve Larkin
23:07 AEST Sun Jan 13 2013

Critics who believe Cricket Australia has a fast bowler rotation policy are naive and so far off the mark it's frightening, coach Mickey Arthur says.

Arthur says he's "sick and tired" of misinformation that Australia has a pace bowling rotation policy and angry at suggestions that sports scientists are picking the team.

"It's either very naive or just a little bit stubborn that people don't understand what we're doing," Arthur said on Sunday night.

"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.

"We have done that with our bowlers."

Arthur said only three times had fast bowlers been rested from playing - Ryan Harris in the West Indies last year, Peter Siddle against South Africa in Perth, and Mitchell Starc against Sri Lanka in the Boxing Day Test.

"We want to play our guys all the time, with the amount of cricket we play these days it's impossible to keep the guys on the park every single game," he said.

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

"They give us information, the information is then left up to us to make that decision.

"When we get that information we will see if that information holds up and if we think that it's not worth the risk - we have thought in three instances where it hasn't been worth the risk.

"Whenever we make those decisions, we make those decisions with a lot of thought into how we are going to use that quick bowler and when we are going to use that quick bowler.

"I really wanted to put that on record because I'm sick and tired of talking about it.

"And I'm certainly sick and tired of seeing some of the articles that are going around in the media at the moment."


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