Cricket Australia confirm end to Test rotation policy
Australia's controversial rotation policy is to be scrapped ahead of the Ashes series
Australian cricket chief James Sutherland has assured fans that there will be no more rotating of players as the team look toward winning back the famous urn in the upcoming Ashes Series.
Australian fans have become increasingly frustrated at players being forced to miss Test Matches due to the threat of injury, without the players actually being injured.
Up and coming pace star Mitchell Starc famously missed last year's Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) due to the controversial rotation policy.
Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus were also made to sit out the third Test against South Africa last summer due to the policy, which culminated in a series deciding 1-0 defeat to the visitor.
Sutherland has confirmed that instances like this will no longer occur as Australia attempts to reclaim its former position at the top of world cricket.
He told The Australian: "Looking ahead to the Ashes series that we will see in England and next summer in Australia you won't see any of that rotation policy in the fashion that we have in the past," he said.
Cricket Australia high performance director Pat Howard has been a supporter of the rotation system, using scientific data and sport science methods to identify when a player is likely to become injured.
The system will still be in use for T20 and ODI cricket, but Sutherland ensures the Test team will function differently.
"For well over a decade the Australian selectors have adopted a policy of doing that particularly with one dayers and I have no doubt that will continue but certainly for Test matches we will day in day out be picking our best team."
Cricket Australia has been coming under increasing pressure from broadcasters in regards to the rotation policy, with Channel 9 executives believed to have communicated with the hierarchy to stop the practice as it has been harming the value of the brand.
Managing director of Channel 9 Jeff Browne was quoted as saying: "I understand why sports want to do that, but people at home want to see the best players playing and we urge Cricket Australia to pick the best players every time," he said.
This is one of the many problems facing Australian cricket at the moment leading into a crucial period, with the team heavy underdogs to regain the Ashes in England, before returning to Australia for a return bout against the old foe.
This comes immediately after the decision to sack former coach Mickey Arthur due to disciplinary and culture issues, replacing him with former Australian international and Queensland coach Darren Lehmann.
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