Melbourne: Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke on Sunday advocated players’ rotation system, which he feels has become a necessity rather than an option.
“Sometimes it’s not just about reputation, it’s about a fresh mind. Rather than having a tired Ricky Ponting or Mike Hussey or myself, it’s better to have someone like Marcus North come in,” Clarke said.
“I think the selectors, Cricket Australia, the coach and the players are all communicating well and that’s why we’re still doing well when guys are resting,” he added.
The 28-year-old New South Wales cricketer said with the cricket calendar getting busier every day, players needed cooling time. “The big thing that’s changed since I started playing first-class cricket about 10 years ago is that there used to be cricket season and then footy season. That’s still the case in first-class cricket but in international cricket it’s not.
“We’ve now got Twenty20, which wasn’t around five years ago. We’ve got IPL and we’re now catching up on tours that had been cancelled.
“I don’t know what the right answer is but with all the cricket over the next 12 to 15 months, it’s not going to be possible for the same guys to play every single game,” Clarke was quoted as saying in the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I think we’re all becoming much more aware of the impact too much playing and touring can have on players.
“You need individuals performing but you need the team to perform as a unit, he added. — PTI