David Warner rubbishes Hogg’s claims

The allegation that captain Steve Smith was selecting his ‘friends’ in the Australian team was brushed aside by the opening batsman.

David Warner...“Everyone is going to have their opinions and they are entitled to have their opinions.”   -  PTI

Australia's series defeat against India hasn't gone down well with the former cricketers.

While Micheal Bevan took a jibe at the Aussies claiming he was ready to take charge as their batting coach, former quick Rodney Hogg hit out at captain Steve Smith claiming he was only selecting his ‘mates’ in the team.

That allegation was, however, brushed aside by opening batsman David Warner. "Everyone is going to have their opinions and they are entitled to have their opinions. I don’t know where all these theories crop up from," Warner said on Wednesday.

He also made it clear that selectors take the call and not the players. "It is up to the selectors to pick the team and at the end of the day, if you are picked up, you go out there and give your best. That is how it always has been,” Warner said ahead of his side's fourth ODI against India.

Hogg had earlier slammed Smith for partisanship. “They are picking their mates. Smith shouldn’t be a selector. (Ashton) Agar’s been pushed through and (Hilton) Cartwright’s still there. We saw (Nic) Maddinson get selected [he’s] a mate, he’s one of Steve Smith’s mates. You can’t pick bloody mates,” Hogg had said, lashing out even at the selectors.

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