Jones was unimpressed with Warne and Chappell’s “unwarranted and hurtful” criticisms
Former Australia batsman Dean Jones has lashed out at ex-players Shane Warne and Ian Chappell for their harsh criticisms of Cricket Australia’s rotation policy.
Jones noted that he fully supported the policy and added that senior players need to be rested from time to time, given the number of matches they play across all three formats each year.
“People hate change,” Jones wrote in his column for the Sydney Morning Herald. “They loathe it. But with the Australian cricket team, and the constant changes within the team, everyone has had an opinion on how it is travelling. The majority of it not complimentary.
“Now I think it is time for someone to stand up for the Australian selectors and coaching staff. They don’t deserve this criticism. It is almost un-Australian the way fans and media have attacked this team, I have been part of the team for a month or so, and I have a great understanding of how they go about things. So, before anyone else fires off some rockets, here are the facts.”
Jones revealed that the national team would be abroad for 272 days this year and with some of the players participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL), it was only fair to give them a break in order to reduce the chances of them sustaining a serious injury.
“This team will be on the road this year for 272 days,” Jones said. “They will play close to 140 days of cricket with tours to India, England and back home. Let us not forget to mention the players have Indian Premier League to play as well. I know a lot of you say that IPL does not count.
“Now here is my point. I have heard Shane Warne’s criticisms of the selectors. I have also heard Ian Chappell’s ‘boffins at work’ opinions. They all don’t like the rotation of players. But most of the players who are omitted are out due to injury.”
The former batsman stated that Warne and Chappell’s criticisms are not only “unwarranted and hurtful” to the team, but also the national selectors as well.
“Selectors and players are well aware of the crucial times,” Jones added. “Obviously the Indian Test series and the Ashes are their priorities.
“The heavy criticism from Warne and Chappell has been unwarranted and hurtful. This Australian team is highly respectful of their thoughts and opinions, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are right.”