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Border declares rotation policy over

By Jim Morton 08/02/2005 08:59:57 PM Comments (0)

National cricket selector Allan Border declared Australia's controversial rotation policy "dead and buried".

Border admitted the policy had prevented team continuity in the one-day Tri-Series and hadn't helped out-of-sorts opener Matthew Hayden.

With the national selection panel to sit down on Wednesday night to choose a one-day squad to tour New Zealand, Border said Australia would revert to picking its strongest possible side for each match.

"As selectors we have to take a little bit of the blame. I think the rotation has not worked," he told Foxsports' Inside Cricket program.

"We've had a fair bit to do with it and we've taken a bit of flak for it but I think it's dead and buried.

"If people need a break because of niggling injury or whatever then so be it.

"But it hasn't really worked and I just think, going forward, we pick our best side and if guys need a break we give that to them accordingly. But not rotation."

The rotation policy was first adopted by the selectors in 2001-02, Steve Waugh's last summer in charge of the one-day team, and has had a chequered history.

Some players have been critical of the practice because they have felt it has disrupted their form as they were herded in and out of the top XI.

In the interests of Australian cricket's political correctness it has more recently been labelled a "resting policy".

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