Cutting insists Australia's depth will count for plenty
BULLS quick Ben Cutting has urged the public to give Australia's embattled Test side a fair go and is predicting an Ashes revival.
Cutting - set to miss his second successive Sheffield Shield final because of a groin injury, after making his international debut this season - has dismissed talk of team disharmony, insisting "they'll be fine".
Speaking yesterday on the Coast, where he presented the state-wide XXXX Gold Players Player Award to local cricket identity Ron McMullin, the strapping right-armer said: "It was only a couple of years ago that the public was complaining that Australia cricket was boring to watch because we were winning all the time.
"We can't seem to win with them (the public) at the moment. We either lose or win - nothing's good enough."
Australia has imploded on its current tour of India, its heavy losses compounded by the suspension of four players - including vice-captain Shane Watson - for ill-discipline before the third Test.
But Cutting - one of domestic cricket's form bowlers, with 119 first-class wickets at 24.77 - said tours of India were always tough and he was confident the side would rebound for the Ashes in England later this year.
Before breaking down he had rated himself a chance of making that touring party, especially for the limited-over matches.
Cutting said: "There's so many players waiting in the wings … I think we'll be fine.
"We've got so much depth."
Cutting's ascension to the international stage in the one-day and Twenty20 series against the West Indies and Sri Lanka this season was, in the eyes of many, long overdue.
His ongoing injury issues have not helped his cause and perhaps unsurprisingly he supports Australia's contentious bowler rotation policy - describing it as "part and parcel of the game".
"I think it's probably always been there. It's just never been publicised the way it has been," he said.
"If a bowler's got niggles and they're going to struggle to get through big games, you're going to rest them to make sure you get a better career out of them.
"I think that's only a good thing. I think we'll start to see how beneficial the rotation policy was during the summer and the next couple of series."
Cutting will be operated on in Sydney tomorrow.
He is optimistic the procedure will stop him breaking down, and obviously bitterly disappointed to miss another Shield final.
Defending champion Queensland meets Tasmania in the final in Hobart starting tomorrow, in a repeat of last season's final.
"The only goal for me at the start of the season was to get the boys through to the Shield final and to play and win that Shield final," he said.
"It has been tough to realise I won't be there to help the boys, but I'm sure they'll be just fine."