Lawson wants Cricket Australia to put an end to the rotation policy
Former Australia pace bowler Geoff Lawson has launched a scathing attack against Cricket Australia, stating their newly implemented rotation policy will not help bowlers grow and develop into wicket taking machines.
Lawson also criticised the board for resting seamer Peter Siddle in the final Test against South Africa at Perth, noting that it made no sense whatsoever since that match could have re-established the country as the number one Test side.
“The Australian cricket selectors have decided that no longer will they take their first-choice combination into a grand final,” Lawson wrote in his column for the Sydney Morning Herald. “Granted, Peter Siddle got through a few overs in Adelaide, hampered by the absence of James Pattinson due to his mystery side strain.
“Siddle’s match total of 63 overs is neither a massive number nor a light spell for a Test bowler; the weather in Adelaide was warm rather than hot.”
Lawson believes that the sports science staff seem to be making all the decisions for Cricket Australia, including who to pick in the side.
“Siddle has decided a vegetarian diet is better for him than high-protein meats … has he consulted the Cricket Australia dietician?” Lawson added. “Has he been directed by the CA medical staff to remain on that diet?
“The sports science staff appear to do everything else, including telling selectors whom to pick.”
The former pace bowler has called on head coach Mickey Arthur to step up and make his own decisions instead of letting the sports science staff do his job for him.
“Coach Mickey Arthur has been explicit in the instructions he is getting from the sports science people (no names are ever attached, talk about faceless men and women) who are instructing him on who should be playing for Australia,” Lawson said. “Siddle reckoned he would be OK for the game after three days of rest. He was probably right, for he knows his body and capabilities better than any blood analysis or stress test, and the weather forecast was for much kinder conditions than can often singe a WACA Test.
Lawson also questioned whether the national selectors were needed any more since the sports science staff seem to be doing their jobs as well.
“Does this new philosophy mean the selectors will all resign and let the sports scientists take over?” Lawson added. “Or if Siddle was in the line-up, would Australia have bowled the Proteas out for 150? That’s a hypothetical with no answer, but the path has been cleared for a rotation policy to beat all rotation policies – an approach that doesn’t normally win grand finals.”