Shane Warne
Shane Warne

Shane Warne has made headlines once again, this time launching a scathing attack on Australian cricket's controversial rotation policy.

The veteran leg spinner vented his frustration at the policy in response to the Australian selectors' decision to give Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja a game each in the first two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka before dropping them for the third ODI.

The selectors' insistence on rotating players has been one of the talking points of the summer and while they have strongly defended the policy it has left many experts and former players confused.

And speaking in Perth on Tuesday, Warne has had enough.

"Playing cricket for Australia is something special, it's not just rotate around and give a guy a game and see how you go," said Warne in ''The Australian''.

"What sort of pressure is that on a particular player knowing he's got one game - see how you go.

"There is nothing like knowing that you have performed well enough and are going to play the next game. That is when you perform your best."

Mitchell Starc's omission from the Boxing Day Test was the most contentious of a number of changes made to the squad and came despite the 22-year-old taking five wickets in the second innings of the Hobart Test, with selectors keen to ensure he did not break down with injury.

Warne raised concerns the dropping of Starc shows the team is not being picked on merit but rather only those deemed fit enough by the selection panel.

"I don't want to hear any of this 'rotation', I don't want to hear any of this 'resting'. I think the players ought to take a bit more ownership and say 'you know what, I want to play, if you don't think I should be in the side, drop me'," Warne said.

"I just think it is a bit disappointing the way Australian cricket is going at the moment. I know there have been some injuries, but it looks like strength and conditioning are picking the team."

The 43-year-old was also unhappy with the decision to not allow young bowler James Pattinson to play for the Melbourne Stars but still allow him to play local grade cricket.

"It's too intense, Twenty20 cricket, but he is allowed to play eight overs of grade cricket with no help?" he said.

"I mean hello ... has common sense gone out the window?"


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