Australia coach Mickey Arthur has launched a stinging attack on the critics of his team's rotation policy, saying those people don't understand what they are trying to do and are 'very naive'.
A lot of attention has been focused on the resting of players in recent weeks, with Matthew Wade and Michael Clarke sitting out the first few games of the ODI series against Sri Lanka. Before that, Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle were rested in the Tests against South Africa.
But Arthur feels that people are too quick to judge, and that it would be 'impossible' to play what is their best attack at all times. Critics feel that fans are missing out on seeing the stars in action, and that bowlers are losing match fitness.
An irate Arthur said: "We're very clear on who the best team is and who the best attack is. I've been really annoyed and frustrating by some of the articles that have been going around. For me it's common sense.
"Common sense prevails when we pick teams. We certainly don't pick teams not to win any cricket games for Australia. Every time we pick a team we're giving guys opportunities and picking what we think is the best side possible to go out and do the job and win.
"It's either very naive or just a little bit stubborn that people don't understand what we're doing. The example I've used is Black Caviar. When he runs a horse race, if they don't feel he's 100 percent right they don't release him.
"We've done that with our bowlers, and over the year we've had three examples of quick bowlers basically rested, and that is all.
"Ryan Harris in the West Indies, Mitchell Starc on Boxing Day and Peter Siddle at Perth. That's the only time we have rested quick bowlers, and we've done that simply because we think they're at risk.
"We want to play our guys all the time. With the amount of cricket we play these day's it is impossible to keep the guys on the park in every single game. So we would not have a quick bowler at risk."
He continued: "If you take Mitchell Starc over the Boxing Day Test match, the information we'd got was that he was at risk. Then it's up to us. The constant thought that sports scientists are picking the team is so far off the mark that it's frightening.
"They give us information, the information is then left up to us to make that decision. Michael, myself and the selector on duty make the decision based on the information we're given. When we get that information we will see if it holds up and if we think it's not worth the risk.
"Mitchell Starc plays three forms of the game. He had an ankle impingement, he's got spurs that are going to require an operation at some stage. We're hoping that will be a year down the line, but at some stage that is going to give in.
"There was no point in us playing him in a Boxing Day Test match and risk losing him for the one-day series and then for a tour of India. That would've been plain stupid.
"Whenever we make those decisions, we make those decisions with a lot of thought into how we're going to use our quick bowler and when we're going to use him.
"I really want to get that out and put that on record, because I'm sick and tired of talking about it, and I'm certainly sick and tired of seeing some of the articles that are going around in the media at the moment."