Clarke says Oz fans need to get used to controversial ‘rotation’ policy

Sydney: Australia captain Michael Clarke has said fans should not expect to see similar players playing in every Test match, and added that player management is the right word, not rotation for the constant changes in the playing eleven squad.

Clarke admitted Australia fans are used to see a consistent playing eleven but believes they need to adjust now because rotation is the demand of the hour.

The captain said Australia would keep rotating its players from the vast pool of talent they have in order to ensure that the best and the fittest eleven are playing in a Test match, reports.

Clarke said if he feels he is not fit enough to play in a Test match then he would happily relinquish his spot in the team, and believes his players would do the same irrespective of the fact that every player wants to keep playing.

Asked about the apparent rotation that has cost Mitchell Starc his place in the team for the Boxing Day Test after he took 5-63 and helped bowl Australia to victory against Sri Lanka in the first Test in Hobart, Clarke said it was in the young left-arm fast bowler’s interest.

Clarke added that rather than the word rotation, players’ management is a more suitable term for the regular changes in the team.

Clarke also believes by applying the rotation policy, Australia is smartly helping youngsters to grow and perform at the top most level.