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Lee slams Australia's controversial 'rotation' policy

Friday - Dec 07, 2012, 03:42pm (GMT+5.5)
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Sydney - Former fast bowler Brett Lee has slammed Australia's rotation policy for fast bowlers, saying that if Mitchell Starc misses out on the Hobart Test against Sri Lanka, it will prove that the controversial policy really is a farce.

Lee, who will take the new ball with Starc in the Sydney Sixers' Big Bash League opener against Sydney Thunder on Saturday, said the rotation policy has created lot of issues in the Australia team.

Starc was named in Australia's 12-man Test squad for next Friday's clash against Sri Lanka.

The 22-year-old finished with eight wickets and a rapid-fire 68 off 43 balls, which was the second-quickest Test half-century by an Australian, during the loss to South Africa in Perth.

However despite his figures, Starc is no guarantee to bowl in Hobart.

Peter Siddle will return after being rested as part of the rotational policy, and Ben Hilfenhaus looks set to earn a recall after working on his action with Aussie bowling coach Ali de Winter and that leaves Starc in a race with Mitchell Johnson for the third pace berth.

According to Lee, the rotational policy was "rubbish" and created too much confusion.

"I'd be disappointed if Starcy wasn't picked, but I wouldn't be surprise because of this rotational policy has created a lot of issues," News.com.au quoted Lee, as saying.

Lee and Starc will have extra responsibility after pace man Josh Hazlewood was ruled out for four to six weeks with a stress-related foot problem.



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