CA boss backs beleaguered HilditchJanuary 4th, 2009 - 2:32 pm ICT by ANI
Sydney, Jan 4 (ANI): Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland has given his official stamp of approval to chief selector Andrew Hilditch and his team even after Australias disappointing loss in the Test series against South Africa.
Australia has made 27 changes in 18 Tests since the retirements of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer. South Africa captain Graeme Smith has criticised the revolving-door policy as lacking clarity and resembling the disarray of England.
Sutherland told The Sun-Herald that vigorous selection debate was now par for the course as Australia attempted to rebuild its crumbling empire.
In selecting the selectors, we vest in them the responsibility to pick, in their best judgement, the team that is right for the day, Sutherland said.
Within that selection policy there is always an eye to the future. We want to win every game but considering the future is also enshrined in the policy. From that respect, they are doing the best job they can. There is no doubt we are in transition. There was a long time there where the team was very settled, but what we have now is a more normal situation.
With Doug Bollinger and Andrew McDonald on debut at the SCG, Sutherland described the introduction of new players as a test of Australias development programs and coaching methods.
South Africa have had the same team for three Test matches in a row, theyre on top of their game, theyre playing great cricket, but what we are going through now is a little bit of what sport all around the world is about, he said.
Ive always maintained sporting success is cyclical and we cannot expect to stay on top all the time. Well fight as hard as we can to stay on top, and thats very much in the players thoughts, but from a development perspective Im really looking forward to this stage, Sutherland said.
Asked if he supported all recent selections, Sutherland replied: I honestly believe the selectors are following the criteria they are provided with. I have absolutely no problem with that.
Recently retired Test spinner Stuart MacGill claimed every player in the Australian team deserved support for the mere fact they are the Australian team. (ANI)
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