'Riled' Arthur blasts critics of dubious Oz rotation policy

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 10:50 hrs

Australia coach Mickey Arthur has blasted detractors of team's rotation led by former Test stalwarts Brett Lee and Ian Chappell after Sri Lanka levelled the one-day series in Adelaide with a compelling eight-wickets win.

Lee has railed against the handing out of cheap national caps and confusion over what the best one-day side with David Warner and Matthew Wade rested from the opening games of the one-day series along with captain Michael Clarke, News.com.au reports.

Mitchell Johnson (ribs) and Mitchell Starc (calf) were rested owing to slight ailments affording debuts to Kane Richardson and Ben Cutting in the eight-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in Adelaide.

It was condemnation of resting Starc in the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka and in Adelaide that infuriated Arthur who revealed the 22-year-old left-arm pace man is fighting the ache of bone spurs in his ankle each time he bowls.

Arthur said Starc is suffering fro, ankle spurs, which will give in at some stage, adding they didn't wanted to risk him for the Boxing Day Test and lose him for the one-day series then tours of India and England.

Arthur added he has been annoyed and frustrated by some of the articles that have been going around, and expressed hope common sense prevailed.

The former South African coach said they are picking the best side possible to win, and added that it is either very naive or stubborn that people don't understand what we are doing.

Lee has claimed Australia doesn't know its best side as it is chopping and changing too much while the resting policy is flawed with Ben Hilfenhaus breaking down in the Hobart Test after rested.

Arthur said he and Clarke made calls in the best interests of players, not so called sports science scientists. (ANI)

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