Have patience with players, says Aussie selector David Boon

February 25th, 2009 - 11:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Feb 25 (IANS) Australian cricket selector David Boon feels that the selection committee needs to be patient with the new replacements in the team as the World Champions strive to rebuild their dominance in the game.
The Australian team post retirements of Glenn Mcgrath, Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist, has been struggling to maintain its erstwhile invincible aura.

“The selectors in our time were fantastic. When we went through that period, they said, ‘Right, we can’t keep chopping and changing.’ They basically picked 16 or 18 guys and had them in their minds for the next three or four years,” Boon told Sydney Morning Herald.

“We all played and we knew if we missed out, we weren’t going to be flicked. I think it built everything really well.

“Through that, it gave Billy [Craig McDermott] the chance to improve as a young 19-year-old bowler. Steve Waugh was very up and down through those formative years but they stuck with him because everybody knew there was talent there. We stuck together and I think we’re going to do the same here.

“The support we need to do that is important and the public have to understand what is happening. We’re going to win a couple, maybe lose one - who knows? I firmly believe we have young players who are going to step up to the mark and do really well - as long as we’re patient,” he said.

Boon feels Australia is in a strong position to bounce back from their transitional blues.

“I think Australia is in a far stronger position and has a greater base for us to restrict the downward cycle. I know everybody harks on it but when you lose five or six great players over a shortish period of time, it’s difficult. And when one is Shane Warne and one is Adam Gilchrist, they’re in god status. You are never going to replace that, so you replace it with the best you can.

“It hasn’t taken into consideration what I would call a mini-rebuild. It’s nothing like we experienced in the early ’80s, nowhere near the extent of that.”

Australia play South Africa in a much-anticipated Test series in Johannesburg Thursday and Boon feels seamers will play a key role.

“We’ve looked at the history of the last six or eight Tests at Johannesburg. I don’t think it’s changed since I played here donkeys years ago. It’s essentially a seamer’s wicket. The new ball will seam, it will swing.

“Spinners can have a role but they don’t appear to have had a massive impact in Test matches here. In the last five Tests here, spinners have only taken 10 wickets and the three of those were Shane Warne, Daniel Vettori and Anil Kumble. We’ve got to take that into account.”

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