Mitchell Johnson .. Rotated?

Mitchell Johnson dropped for the first ODI.

Mitchell JohnsonSo it begins. Are we suddenly that good again that we can start to rotate players?

Boof Lehmann denied the rotation suggestion, when asked about Mitchell Johnson.

“We certainly don’t want to go down the path we did previously where we’ve rested clumps of players,” he said at a press conference yesterday.

“We certainly want to just pick and choose where we do it. We want them to play in their home state obviously. We want to make sure we’re putting a good squad together looking ahead to the World Cup.

“This one-day format is very important to us. It gives some guys an opportunity that we think are going to get to the World Cup which is important as well.”

But if a player of Mitchell Johnson’s standing is stood down, with no suggestion of injury or other problems, what actually do you call it?

What happened to the new, much vaunted Australian “If they are fit, we play our best players”¬†attitude? Thin end of the wedge I think.

The biggest problem of the rotation policy, it is said, is that players lose their match fitness and attitude. When the team goes on without you, even for a short period, you feel like you’re out of the group, and you have to get the team feeling back again, and with it, your rhythm. One of the major strengths of the Australian team this summer, it seems everyone agrees, was their cohesive team attitude. Particularly among the bowlers. Well, for the first ODI, there is no Johnson, Harris, Lyon or Siddle. It will be interesting to see how our “Team” goes.

I think that all Australian fans have great faith in Boof and the team, so let’s just hope that we aren’t going back to the rotation method and that Mitch comes back as fearsome as ever.

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