Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has urged the selectors to have faith in their players despite the recent poor form after Nathan Coulter-Nile and Ashton Agar took a dig at the selectors after ODI snubbing. Also, Watson has admitted that frequent changes in the playing XI would hurt the team’s balances.
Want to be a professional cricketer?
Shane Watson added the selectors should give the players a long run to help their confidence grow. He also noted that dropping someone from the playing XI is easy but sticking to them is a hard thing and the selectors need to do that.
“They (selectors) need to stop doing what they’re doing because it’s not getting the best out of anyone,” Watson told the Herald when asked about Chris Lynn’s exclusion from the ODI set-up.
“The easiest thing to do when things aren’t going well is to drop someone. The hardest thing is to have faith in the skills and judgment of a player when things aren’t going to plan. Not everyone kills it from the start and all the way to the end of their career.
“You need to stick with people and build their confidence, not just for the players under fire, but the others who are looking over their shoulder and seeing what’s happening to their mates. When the [selectors’] actions are to chop and change all the time … it will cause everyone to play for themselves so they can keep their gig to play for their country,” he added.
The three-match ODI series between Australia and Indian National Cricket team will commence from January 12 (Saturday).