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Clark snub: Lawson slams selectors

STUART CLARK’S international career suffered a major blow yesterday when he was again overlooked for the Test side, a selection decision former Australian paceman Geoff Lawson blasted as ”bizarre”.Australia retained the same 12-man squad from the second Test but this time the team’s hierarchy can’t say Clint McKay is only there for dressing room experience, as paceman Peter Siddle is in doubt with a hamstring injury that limited his participation in Adelaide to just eight overs in the second innings.Poll: Has Stuart Clark played his last Test for Australia?Clark, the NSW captain, was snubbed for that match when Ben Hilfenhaus was ruled out with injury and rookie McKay was chosen in the squad. Australian coach Tim Nielsen said at the time: ”It’s a chance to get young players around the group to experience it and see what’s going on”, and had Clark been in contention for a starting spot he could well have been picked.But now he’s been overlooked again, and Lawson is bewildered.”If someone was injured in training before that Adelaide Test, you’re going for the work experience boy, are you? That statement was bizarre,” Lawson said. ”And now Stu has been overlooked again – are the public to assume they were lying? If they want to pick Clint McKay, say so, but don’t say that. There is a total lack of consistency.”Clark was leading his side in a one-dayer against Queensland in Brisbane yesterday but would have been well aware his future was heading south.He has been replaced by McKay as the No.1 back-up, and his chances of regaining a Test spot will depend on the recovery of Hilfenhaus and Siddle, and any performance by McKay in the Test arena.Nielsen had said after the squad was selected for Adelaide that Clark was not chosen because they wanted McKay to get a feel for the international Test scene.”He’s [Clark] not so much finished, I wouldn’t have thought, I just think at the moment they’ve gone in a different direction and decided to go with Clint McKay,” Nielsen said. ”My gut feeling would be that the XI would be pretty close to being finalised, it’s a chance to get young players around the group to experience it and see what’s going on.”Stuart’s done that quite regularly. If we needed to play someone in the XI, it may well be a different story.”Chief selector Andrew Hilditch maintained last week that Clark would be considered if in form.”We’d like to win every Test match going into the Ashes because we’re trying to build confidence in the new team, but we have our eye very much on the Ashes,” Hilditch said. ”If our assessment at the time is Stuart’s the best bowler for the Ashes and he’s still going well, then so be it.”Lawson pointed to Clark’s impressive recent performances in Perth – where he picked up 2-86 in the Sheffield Shield and returned 0-15 off eight overs in a one-dayer – saying he was clearly the outstanding replacement choice.
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