Why not him, Nathan Bracken asks selectorsMarch 5th, 2009 - 3:05 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, March 5 (IANS) Australian fast bowler Nathan Bracken demanded an explanation from chief selector Andrew Hilditch as to why he had been excluded not once but twice from the Test team in South Africa.
While driving to New South Wales, No.1 ODI bowler Bracken heard on the radio that that West Australian speedster Steve Magoffin has been put on standby for the injured Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle.
Siddle has soreness and may have developed a stress fracture in his foot while there are concerns Hilfenhaus may have a recurrence of stress fractures in his back.
Bracken immediately wanted an explanation from Hilditch as to why he had been left out for inexperienced Magoffin, but Tasmania’s Brett Geeves, who left for South Africa late last week after Doug Bollinger broke down with an abdominal strain.
Bracken still believes has plenty to offer at Test level and wanted an
“I basically wanted to see what was happening and what position I’m in. I still haven’t got an answer yet,” Bracken was quoted as saying in the Australian media.
“The disappointing thing is when we had individual meetings at Christmas (with selectors) they told me I had done everything possible in terms of Test selection. I couldn’t have done anything else to push my Test claims. When you hear that information you start to think you might be considered or are close to selection. I’ve been overlooked twice,” he added.
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