Oz selectors cheapening value of baggy green cap: Lawson

Updated: Nov 28, 2011, 14:20 PM IST

Sydney: John Inverarity-led Cricket Australia’s selection panel has been criticized for its “inappropriate” injury management strategies, and accused of cheapening the value of the baggy green with its plans for a rotation policy for the Test summer.

Former Test paceman Geoff Lawson was scathing in his criticism of CA’s approach to injury management, saying the decision to exclude young Pat Cummins from this week’s Test match was the organisation’s latest failure in managing young fast bowlers.

Cummins was one of five players ruled out for the first Test against New Zealand, starting on Thursday in Brisbane, as CA looks to protect the rising star’s long-term future, a leading daily reports.

“The failure of these people to admit they haven`t got it right is one of the biggest problems in Australian cricket,” said Lawson, who was overlooked to be part of Australia’s new selection panel.

“The failure to have experts dealing with fast bowlers is a major problem to their injury status. The Argus report said all those failures should be addressed and they haven`t been. Why aren`t they taking any notice of the Argus report?”

The Argus report, tabled in August, noted cricket`s approach to sports science and medicine "when compared to other professional sports it is not clear whether we are adopting best practice".

Lawson was critical of CA’s training and medical staff, though he did not single out any individual.

Since the Argus report, CA has made sweeping changes to the team’s off-field support staff, creating the new role of team performance manager – filled by former Wallaby Pat Howard – hiring a new coach and introducing a new selection panel.

But other off-field support staff such as strength-and-conditioning coach Stuart Karppinen, CA doctor Trefor James and team physio Alex Kountouris remain in their roles.