Advertiser (Abstracts) (Australia) – AUSTRALIA’S Test players, bound for 40C temperatures in the UAE next month, will undergo a series of sauna sessions over the coming days in a bid to acclimatise.

Summary

  • AUSTRALIA’S Test players, bound for 40C temperatures in the UAE next month, will undergo a series of sauna sessions over the coming days in a bid to acclimatise.
  • State cricketers are shocked at the banishment of Maxwell and Burns but equally bewildered at how nine-game Queenslander Brendan Doggett, for example, has managed to leapfrog recent Test back-up Richardson and Sheffield Shield wicket-taking king Tremain.
  • Recently retired Test opener and Sheffield Shield veteran Ed Cowan penned a column for The Australian in which he argued: “There no longer exists a coherent idea of how to get picked for Australia: there is just a bunch of factors, seemingly varied according to whim and prejudice.
  • But Cricket Australia’s head of team performance, Pat Howard, is adamant that the selection process and the way its messages are communicated with players is clear and consistent.
  • “The players I’ve spoken to who are in (the side) seem very happy with that process but, obviously, sometimes you hear what you want to hear and (there can be) difficulty in hearing those messages,” Howard said in a wide-ranging interview with News Corp before Cowan’s column was published.

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