“Smith Prefer His Favourite Players In The Team”

Things are not going well for Australian Cricket. Former Australian fast bowler Rodney Hogg gives a big statement on Steve Smith. He accused Steve Smith of favouritism in the team selection. He also accused selectors for the losses in the ongoing ODI series against India.

“They’re picking their mates. Smith shouldn’t be a selector. (Ashton) Agar’s been pushed through and Cartwright’s still there. We saw (Nic) Maddinson get selected (he’s) a mate, he’s one of Steve Smith’s mates. You can’t pick bloody mates,” Hogg was quoted as saying on ‘SEN’s The Run Home’.

“We’ve got to get fair dinkum. We’re really off the ball a bit here … I think the captain’s getting his own way,” he said further.

Hogg is the veteran fast bowler who played international cricket in the late seventies and early eighties. He said if Australia is to improve then a serious review of Australia’s selection panel and their decision-making process was needed.

“All the way down, there’s got to be question marks. All the way across Cricket Australia,” he said.

Hogg also raised questioned on Cricket Australia decision to call upon Steve O’Keefe for the two-match test series against Bangladesh. he felt John Holland should have been picked in place of O’Keefe.

“Holland has proven he can bowl people out, left-arm orthodox is a really hard gig. He’s proven it and we aren’t seeing him,” said Hogg.

Meanwhile, Australia’s aggressive opening batsman David Warner rubbishes Hogg’s accusation over Smith prefers to his friends in the national team.”Everyone is going to have their opinions and they are entitled to have their opinions. I don’t know from where all these theories crop up from. It is up to the selectors to pick the team and at the end of the day, if you are picked up, you go out there and give your best. That is how it always has been.” 
 Recently Australia lost a test match against Bangladesh and now they already 3-0 behind and losses ODI series against India with two matches still remaining in the series.
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