Charlesworth backs Oz rotation policy, says today's cricket would be difficult even for Lillee
Sydney, Jan. 30 : Former Australian cricketer Ric Charlesworth has strongly supported the controversial rotation-based selection policy of Australian cricket, saying that even Australian great Dennis Lillee would have found it difficult to play in the different varieties of cricket, given today's quality.
Charlesworth, who is now the coach of the Australian men's hockey team, hailed Lillee as the fittest and hardest-working teammate he encountered during his cricket career, but said that playing cricket with the quality that is expected now, would have stumped Lillee too, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Charlesworth, who has been an advocate of rotation, added that for sustainable performance in cricket, depth and flexibility is necessary.
The former cricketer said rotation is necessary to cope with the increased workload and the number of games played in different formats. He added that the policy also helps in bringing out the new talent.
However, Charlesworth said that cricket was still backward in some areas like rotation and the depth of statistical analysis, as compared with sports such as baseball.
He also commended his former teammate John Inverarity, currently chairman of selectors for the Australian cricket team, for his much-derided emphasis on ''informed player management'', the term Inverarity prefers to rotation.
Charlesworth played 47 first-class matches for Western Australia between 1972 and 1979, managing a domestic-level cricket career with an international-level hockey career. He played a number of his matches along with Inverarity and Lillee.