Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Arthur calls for maturity

Australian cricketers must grow up and understand they may not be picked for every game, head coach Mickey Arthur has warned.

Mike Hussey has expressed concerns about the wisdom of shuffling batsmen around, fearing it could impact on form and confidence, but Arthur believes that the rigours of modern cricket mean that no one can expect to play in every game. Anyone looking at the best cricket online betting should remember this.

"We need to keep rotating guys through the summer because there is just so much cricket, guys are going to break down and we need others ready to come in at any given time," he told ESPNcricinfo.

He added that players need to be "mature enough" to accept this issue, but also stated that he and the selectors understood that there is a need to ensure the reasons for any changes in personnel are properly communicated to everyone involved.

Arthur also spoke about the form of Philip Hughes, with the 23-year-old suffering from something of a slump in form lately.

The coach called on him to work on some technical issues with his game, because the batsman has been getting out in the same way recently.

Arthur seems to be causing something of a stir in Australian cricket already, not least because he is the first foreign-born head coach the side has ever had.
He also has his work cut out, with the once all-conquering side suffering something of a decline in fortunes, most notably their home defeat against England in the Ashes last summer.

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