Aussie skipper accused of favoritism

Aussie skipper accused of favoritism Former Australian fast bowler Rodney Hogg came down with hard criticism over Aussie skipper Steven Smith after the visiting side was thrashed by India to lose one day international series with two matches still to go after being defeated in the Test series also.

Hogg accused Steven Smith of selecting his close mates in the national team instead of better candidates. The former Aussie pacer therefore noted down the names like Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright and Nic Maddison who were selected for the ODIs.

He harshly conversed, “They are picking their mates. Agar’s been pushed through and Cartwright’s still there. We saw Nic Maddison got selected, he is a mate. He is one of the Steven Smith’s mates. You can’t pick bloody mates.”

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“We have got to gate fair dinkum. We are really off the ball a bit there. I think the captain’s getting his own way. Holland has proven he can bowl people out – left arm orthodox is a really hard gig. He has proven it and we aren’t seeing him,” Hogg further said.

Earlier Steven Smith lamented for the poor show of the team in the year of 2017 when Australia lost 11 out of their 13 matches; the rest of the two matches, were washed out by rain.