Sydney: In wake of several Australian players facing injuries and withdrawing from first-class cricket, the newly commissioned board of Cricket Australia certainly needs some sorting to do for itself and for the sport.
It comes after the board is facing a limited elite player resource and cluttered, disordered forms of the game, and the three Test this summer are again having what amounts to family reunions, like unloved in-laws rather than blood relations.
CA has to sort it and give some clear direction instead of the incessant compromises it makes with programming and players, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
According to the paper, going by the Pat Cummins’ injure, the CA must take a lesson of letting a player rest well enough before sending them for further tournaments. Had Cummins been given the proper care and attention during his Sydney Sixers’ match, possibly he could have avoided another Test summer on the sidelines.
Then comes Shane Watson, who was commandeered from the Champions League in South Africa ostensibly to better prepare for Test cricket, but is now likely to sit out due to a calf injury.
Even though CA has tried to manage his workload, his preparation for a severe examination in Brisbane must be considered less than ideal.
There is also Ricky Ponting, who is battling a hamstring soreness, which threatens his show at the Gabba on November 9, and Dave Warner, who hasn`t played competitive cricket since October 20 - a Twenty20 game in the Champions League.
If CA could have started a day or two early if it wanted more rest for the players potentially involved in the Test rather than replace half a starting XI, maybe this fate could have been avoided.