Shane Warne expressed strong disagreement with Australia's 14-member squad announced earlier on Friday, January 4 for the three-match ODI series against India. The legendary spinner felt "absolutely staggered" about the decisions made by the selection panel and said it is simply not good enough on their part.
While adequate rest was provided to Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, who have had a challenging Test series so far, the Trevor Hohns led committee also chose to drop Travis Head, D'Arcy Short and Ben McDermott as well as spin allrounder Ashton Agar from the squad that suffered a 1-2 defeat against South Africa at the beginning of this summer.
The selectors even excluded the powerful Chris Lynn and gave a surprise comeback to Peter Siddle, who last played an ODI in November 2010. Usman Khawaja, on the other hand, made a return to the limited overs outfit after an injury lay-off.
"Travis Head, D'Arcy Short and Chris Lynn have been unlucky to miss out. All three have had opportunities to cement their spots, but unfortunately, they have not been as productive as we would have liked in recent times when playing ODI cricket for Australia," Trevor Hohns, chairman of the selection committee, justified the decisions on cricket.com.au.
"With a focus on improving our ability to post competitive totals we've recalled Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and Mitch Marsh to the squad."
"Usman is a batsman we know can put vital runs on the board at the top of the order, and Peter is not only a fine player of spin bowling, but he's also a batsman we know can hold an innings together while keeping the scoreboard ticking over."
But Warne, who is commentating for the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy, opined his reservations over them via Twitter and posted, "Just saw the Aust ODI squad that was announced & was absolutely staggered at some of the players that were left out & some of the inclusions - they don’t make any sense whatsoever."