Former Aussie all-rounder O’Donnell blasts selectors

February 10th, 2009 - 7:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Feb 10 (IANS) Former Australian all-rounder Simon O’Donnell has blasted the selectors for resting Ricky Ponting in the series against New Zealand and said the captain should be given absolute powers to stop the team’s decline.

The former Test player called the decision to rest Ponting as “ridiculous” and hit out at the leadership and selection structure.

O’Donnell insists too many cooks are spoiling the broth in Australian cricket.

“If you told (former captain) Allan Border to have a spell, he would have put one right on the end of your nose,” O’Donnell was quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph.

“When there’s a captain, let him do his job. The rest of them, zip their lip and keep out of the road. I thought that was a complete and utter overreaction from people who are having a say in decisions.

“The sooner they - whether it’s the Australians selectors or Cricket Australia - get rid of some of the coat pullers that go along with the Australian cricket team, the better.

He also said that coach Tim Nielsen should pull his head in as well.

He was supported by former Test selector John Benaud, who felt it was a major tactical error to rest Ponting when the captain himself never wanted it.

“For every reason, it was wrong (resting Ponting),” said Benaud.

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