Casson searching reasons for omission

September 16th, 2008 - 11:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Sep 16 (IANS) Australian spinner Beau Cassson is still wondering why he was overlooked for the India tour for novices Bryce McGain and Jason Krejza. The 25-year-old claims the selectors have not been clear with their reason for his omission.While chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch called New South Wales (NSW) spinner to tell him he would not be going, and explained that Krejza’s finger-spin might be better suited to Indian pitches, he apparently didn’t explain why 36-year-old McGain was chosen ahead of the incumbent.

Casson was asked Monday what specific reason Hilditch gave for his exclusion, he responded: “Nothing glaringly out there.”

Speaking for the first time since his axing, Casson — who also did not receive a mention by Hilditch in the Cricket Australia (CA) press release announcing the squad last Friday — admitted he was greatly disappointed but vowed to fight back.

“It’s not news I wanted to hear,” Casson was quoted as saying in Sydney Morning Herald. “Naturally, I was very disappointed. Whenever you play cricket your dream is to play for Australia, and I’m no different. For me, it’s an opportunity now to go away and look at my game and certain areas I need to improve on, but, look, I was disappointed — I’d be lying to say I wasn’t.

“The selectors have decided to go that way, they’ve selected a side they think is going to win them the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. I wish them well. It will be a great opportunity [for McGain] bowling on spinning wickets.”

Casson, who played his one and only Test in the West Indies in June, said he did not presume he would be picked and will now work on his delivery control with NSW for the coming domestic season — with one eye on returning to the national side for the home series against New Zealand and South Africa from November.

“I’m 25. Hopefully, I’ve got a hell of a long time in the game still to come. I’m pretty happy with the way I went … I got a taste of it and I loved every second of it. I want to keep doing it. I want to play for Australia as often as possible.”

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