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Rodney Hogg tears into Smith for picking his mates in XI

Rodney Hogg tears into Smith for picking his mates in XI”

Former cricketer Rodney Hogg has criticised Australian cricket team captain Steven Smith, saying he can not pick his "mates" in the national side.

Australia were whitewashed 5-0 away to South Africa past year and Finch said the mounting losses were not helping with confidence.

Hogg had earlier claimed, "They are picking their mates".

Hogg singled out the selection of the likes of Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, and Nic Maddison in the ODI squad for the ongoing series against India as examples of Smith being unfair in terms of selection. You can't pick bloody mates... 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", Hogg said. Smith shouldn't be a selector. His comments had come after Moises Henriques was promoted to bat at No 4 in the tournament.

The Australian captain had also admitted that it indeed becomes hard to motivate the team after such defeats.

Hogg called for a big shake-up in the way the national side is picked. "Because no one else would be batting Moises Henriques at number four in the Australian one-day team", Berry had said.

"You have to play 100 percent to beat (India) in these conditions", Finch said.

Hogg also took aim the decision to snub Victorian spinner Jon Holland for the Bangladesh tour, with selectors instead recalling suspended New South Welshman Steve O'Keefe. "But when he plays (limited-overs) he gets a bit slogged, he hasn't got a lot of tricks".

"All the way down, there's got to be a question mark". That's pretty ordinary. Not good enough for an Australian cricket team.

While the frustration stemming from Australia's poor results is understandable, Hogg has levelled some serious allegations against Steven Smith.

Australia, who are now in India, have already lost the five-match ODI series against Virat Kohli and Co, with two matches still to be played and if they don't up their game, it is likely that India will dominate them in the three-match Twenty20 series to follow.

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