Baffled by the Australian cricket team’s meek surrender in the first two Tests against India, former players Damien Martyn and Ian Healy lashed out against team selectors. Damien Martyn questioned the selection of a few “bits and pieces” players in the squad.

“I was more disappointed by our second innings — the wicket was hard to bat on…said Martyn. “But to be bowled out in a session — it’s just disappointing…”

Martyn also criticised the team selection saying “ …We have a squad here of players who do bits and pieces… Yes, they might be great one-day players and Twenty20 players, but in that line-up the (Glenn) Maxwells and all these guys, what’s their main thing? … ”

Treat them well

Ian Healy asked Cricket Australia to stop “treating” the country’s Test team like a “club” side and advised the selectors to show faith in the embattled players. “These players are the best we have… It’s time Cricket Australia stopped treating the Australian Test team like a club side,” Healy said.

The former wicketkeeper said the selectors had been making the same mistakes as the dark days of the mid-1980s, before Lawrie Sawle, Greg Chappell and Bob Simpson adopted a new policy. “They started to select players based on character; men such as Geoff Marsh, Dean Jones and Steve Waugh. And once those players felt comfortable, they found some form at that level. Now is the time for the same consistency of selection... ” Healy was quoted by the ‘Courier Mail’.

Do not panic

Meanwhile, Don Argus, whose review of Australian cricket charted the country’s course back to world domination, says India is the “toughest environment” to blood youngsters. Argus said there is no quick-fix solution to the problems facing the team, but cautioned against panic. He expressed concern about the lack of emphasis on spin bowling and warned that the schedule of the Big Bash League must not distract from the team’s Test objectives.PTI