To rotate or not to rotate February 9, 2005

Hohns says 'resting' policy will continue

Cricinfo staff

Trevor Hohns has denied that Australia's much-maligned rotation policy had been scrapped. Hohns's comments came after Allan Border, his fellow selector, had said that the rotation policy was "dead and buried".

According to Border, the policy, which resulted in the team composition being altered for every game, was responsible for Australia's below-par batting in the VB Series against Pakistan and the West Indies. "We've had a fair bit to do with it and we've taken a bit of flak for it but I think it's dead and buried," said Border, talking on Fox Sports' Inside Cricket show. "I just think, going forward, we pick our best side and if guys need a break we give that to them accordingly."

But Hohns, who heads the selection panel, insisted that they would continue with a policy of resting players to avoid burnout. "We'll always use a squad for one-day cricket as we have done for five years," he told AAP. "It's served its purpose ... it's about giving players who play both forms of the game a rest.

"It's not rotation but whether we use it to give players a rest in the future that remains to be seen. We'll use it as we see fit."

Simon Katich, one of the beneficiaries of the rotation policy in recent times, supported it, telling ABC Sport, "I guess that for guys like myself who have been on the fringe, it's a bonus to be playing. It's a tough one and I can understand that guys who are permanent members of both teams wouldn't want to be rested."