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Ex-Hampshire star Voges defends England's ODI tactics
7:44am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Sport
England have attracted criticism for resting almost half of their first-choice one-day international team in the NatWest Series - but Australia are not complaining.
The tourists will begin the third match of five at Edgbaston, after an initial washout in Leeds and then an away win in Manchester, 1-0 up with three to play.
England's makeshift and emerging bowling attack was unable to contain ex-Hampshire pair Michael Clarke and George Bailey in a damaging stand of 155 as Australia piled up 315 for seven.
After England had then failed to get competitive with what would have been their highest successful run chase, the gripe with most pundits concerned the absence of three frontline bowlers and both regular opening batsmen.
Australia batsman Adam Voges was adding no fuel to that fire, however, when asked whether England might have short-changed their own public by giving captain Alastair Cook et al extra time off.
"They've had a big summer, with the New Zealand series, Champions Trophy and then a full Ashes," said Voges, who has also previously had a spell at Hampshire.
"You can understand it."
After spells with three counties, including at Middlesex this summer, Voges is well qualified to judge the potential of the young players England have picked for this one-day international series.
"Playing a fair bit of county cricket, I know the guys who have come into this squad - and I know they're good players," he said.
"They feel it's necessary to rest some players, and we certainly don't take them lightly."
Australia are not about to waste words and energy on opposition selection and tactics, when they know they have the chance to end a disappointing tour on a comparative high.
"You come up against who you come up against," said Voges.
"We don't really worry too much about their line-up, or what they're trying to do.
"We worry about what we're trying to do, and I thought we did it pretty well the other day."
Hampshire's Michael Carberry is hoping to keep his place after scoring only 14 runs in two games against Ireland and Australia.
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