Australia A v England XI, Tour match, Hobart November 7, 2013

Australia A team informed via Twitter


Australia's selectors have been reminded to maintain a reasonable level of contact with the players they choose after it was revealed that many of the cricketers seconded to play for Australia A against England in Hobart found out about their inclusion on Twitter.

There was some bemusement among members of the A squad when they assembled in Hobart to discover that they shared the same tale of learning they had been selected through the avenue of social media, rather than any personal contact from the national selector John Inverarity or any members of his panel.

Paul Marsh, the chief executive of the Australian Cricketers Association, said the players were entitled to be told directly of their inclusion in national squads. However he also acknowledged that communication between the players and the selectors had improved noticeably since the Argus review and the appointment of a new panel headed by Inverarity.

"The feedback I have received over the last few years is that the new selection panel has been better from a communication perspective but there have been isolated instances that players have brought to my attention," Marsh said. "That is something Cricket Australia needs to continually improve. Players should be hearing it from them, whether they're in or out of the team, rather than from social media or a third party."

The selector on duty in Hobart is Rod Marsh, but the wicketkeeper Tim Paine said communication to the players about their selection for this match and prospects beyond it had been minimal, if occurring at all. Paine had received unofficial word he may have been in line for the match via selection meetings for Tasmania, which he took part in as the acting state captain while George Bailey was in India.

"We were actually talking about it yesterday, a few of us saw on Twitter, it was interesting," Paine said. "I'm happy to be here and getting an opportunity, obviously it means something but it hasn't been handed down to me as yet, I'm just trying to do as well as I can.

"I heard a few whispers from our head coach that it may happen so they were preparing to pick teams, and being captain of Tassie that's how I found out about it through our selection meeting, then I came out [of the meeting] and it was on Twitter. No phone call."

Cricket Australia acknowledged the selection of the team could have been better communicated to the players concerned. "As it stands, our priority is to communicate with players who are new to a squad or have been dropped from the previous side," a spokesman said. "In this instance we could have communicated better with our players, and we'll work to ensure it doesn't happen again in future."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Rav on November 8, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Even in an age of (relatively) instantaneous communication, you expect a certain of etiquette and professionalism on the part of administrators. Such a depersonalized means of communication for something so important really reflects poorly on CA. It demonstrates a lack of care and responsibility. How hard can it be to pick up the phone and speak to someone like a real, live, sentient human being? Alas, a sign of the times... (sigh!)

  • Andrew on November 8, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    @ izzidole on (November 7, 2013, 12:31 GMT) - mate I agree that the Admin of Oz cricket is a shambles - but everything else (IMO) is ill-informed. Ben Cutting is NOT a limited over specialist. When fully fit - his bowling is as good as any bowler in the country not selected to play for Oz. Henriques is also NOT a limited over specialist (that maybe where he ends up for Oz), he is a legitimate long form option. I don't get your point about Copeland - he played well in SL, & was extremely good in the County scene last season & has some of the best Shield bowling stats in the country & now boasts a Shield ton too. Unless there is play on Day 4 - we'll never fully know for sure how much of a batsmen paradise Hobart was.

  • Eddie on November 8, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    @izzidole. You obviously don't follow much cricket. Cutting is a long form specialist who was ridiculously picked for ODIs. He was a one man attack on that first day of Aus A and England. He is an excellent fielder, good batsmen and surprising bowler of short stuff and pace at times. I would pick him ahead of Johnson every time

  • Paulo on November 7, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    Love the suggestions of fans picking teams. At least then Graham Onions would play and our ODI side would be able to score over 200. Players would finally be picked on performance.

  • Hamish on November 7, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    @izzidole, no. Cutting has a FC average of 24 and has a List A average of 32. He's a far better bowler with the red ball and will play tests for Aus. He is a far better than Starc and is about equal with Bird in terms of talent and ability. He looked out of rhythm at stages which happens to everyone but bowled at 140km/h in the middle overs and the end overs and beat the bat plenty of times and had a dropped catch with some close LBWs. Sounds like I'm grasping at straws i know, but that doesn't change the fact that Cutting is quality.

  • GeoffreysMother on November 7, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Ashes ernie: priceless! No wonder none of that 'fine crop' of young bowlers were there.

  • Izmi on November 7, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    The selectors and CA seem to be running aussie cricket in a haphazard way and the team selected looks so unbalanced. The bowlers selected for the game to say the least looks so inadequate while the batting looks quite strong.Henriques the captain is not even a regular member of the aussie test side and is virtually a limited overs specialist. The main strike bowler Ben Cutting is also a limited overs specialist who is also not a regular. Copeland made his debut against Sri Lanka three years ago and has never been seen or heard untill now. it gives the impression that the original team selected to play never made it because they were not informed personally on time about their selection and a team was put together at the last minute . Aussie cricket seems to be in shambles where adminstration of the game is concerned and is heading in the wrong direction.

  • Mathis on November 7, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    This is an absolute disgrace. Much worse that a lot of things the players are sanctioned for, and with which consequences? None whatsoever.

  • A on November 7, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    @Ian Jones - clickbait surely (cricinfo - the new daily mail)?

  • kieran on November 7, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Disgusting. Hopefully when there is a clean-out of the CA ranks they're all informed of their termination in no more than 180 characters.

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