Australia must replace 'ineffective' rotation policy for pacers with 'form-based' selection for success
Australia's much talked about rotation policy for fast bowlers will not pay any dividends in future, and the domination of the South African batsmen in the Gabba Test is a testimony to it, according to Australian cricket writer, Robert Craddock.
"Australia's much-touted rotation policy is set for a new theme - it's called dropping players out of form," Craddock wrote in his column for News.com.au
"South Africa's domination of Australia's bowlers at the Gabba shows how far Australia got ahead of itself planning a rest and rotation policy for our young quicks no matter what sort of form they are in this summer," he added.
"The bell-ringing truth is that this must be all-hands-on-deck time. The best must play. The out-of-form must perish. But the very thought of someone like James Pattinson excelling in a Test and then being told to put his feet up when the side is under siege defies common sense," he further wrote.
Craddock added: "If Test cricket is played for another 100 years at the Gabba it would be a surprise if there is a repeat of the statistic that showcased the poise lacking from Australia's bowlers."