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Edwards rejects Warne blast

Australian cricket chiefs have hit back at Shane Warne for suggesting that the national side's rotation policy for selecting the team should be scrapped.

The former spinner, 43, believes Australia should pick the best team at all times saying: "When we were number one we got the selection process right and the best 11 were selected for every game.

"Example: Glenn McGrath didn't want to be rotated or rested, he wanted to play every game, and we all did."

But Cricket Australia's chairman Wally Edwards has backed chief selector John Inverarity and general manager of team performance Pat Howard, saying: "To build a new cricket side is a long term thing and I'm confident we're on the right track.

"They (Howard and Inverarity) noted that since the appointment of the current team performance leadership group, Australia has played 15 Tests of which we've won 10. We've lost two and had three very creditable draws.

"In that time Australia has moved from fifth to third on the world Test rankings."