CA selectors told to communicate better

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The Australia selectors for the A-side's game against England have been left blushing slightly after it was revealed that more than one player found out about their place in the side via Twitter, and not from anyone at CA.

The Australia selectors for the A-side's game against England have been left blushing slightly after it was revealed that more than one player found out about their place in the side via Twitter, and not from anyone at CA.

The four-day tour match in Hobart began on Wednesday, with England recording a hefty 318 for none on day one, before day two was rained off completely. With nothing else to chat about, it came to light that social media let the players know of their fates.

Australia Cricketers' Association chief Paul Marsh said: "The feedback I have received over the last few years is that the new selection panel has been better from a communication perspective but there have been isolated instances that players have brought to my attention.

"That is something Cricket Australia needs to continually improve. Players should be hearing it from them, whether they're in or out of the team, rather than from social media or a third party."

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine confirmed the suggestions of social media information, saying he only got confirmation from Twitter after being told of his selection during a Tasmania team meeting.

He said: "We were actually talking about it yesterday, a few of us saw on Twitter, it was interesting. I'm happy to be here and getting an opportunity, obviously it means something but it hasn't been handed down to me as yet, I'm just trying to do as well as I can.

"I heard a few whispers from our head coach that it may happen so they were preparing to pick teams, and being captain of Tassie that's how I found out about it through our selection meeting, then I came out [of the meeting] and it was on Twitter. No phone call."

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