Quiney's good grace over Test selections
Rob Quiney. Photo: Getty Images
ROB Quiney has reacted with good grace to the revelation that he was selected, in part, as a human shield for Phillip Hughes against South Africa.
On the day Hughes made the most of his third coming as a Test batsman, with 86 on the opening day of the series against Sri Lanka in Hobart, Quiney reflected that he could have ended the argument by making a similar impression in his two Tests against the Proteas.
In choosing Hughes to fill the void left by Ricky Ponting's retirement for the Sri Lanka series, national selector John Inverarity explained that Hughes was not recalled sooner, for South Africa, because the panel regarded him as a long-term prospect and did not want to feed him to the wolves against the world's best attack.
"Rob Quiney is a wonderful man, I think he was very grateful for the opportunity, and who knows what's round the corner. He's not one to hold grudges or think he's hard done by," added Inverarity.
The Victorian batsman, who was dropped after a whirlwind nine at the 'Gabba and a pair of ducks, both from fine edges, in Adelaide, said he was not bothered about the circumstances of his selection.
"All I know is I got a chance to play for Australia, I was thrilled to, and unfortunately I didn't take my opportunity. It doesn't matter if we were playing South Africa, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, anyone, it was Test match cricket. I got a go and if I had made the most of it we wouldn't be having this conversation."
Quiney has struggled since returning to domestic cricket and was deprived of time at the crease by rain when the Melbourne Stars defeated Perth Scorchers by 10 wickets in bizarre finish at the WACA Ground on Wednesday night.
Scorchers captain Simon Katich on Friday was fined $1250 for abusing the umpires when the teams were called back onto the field after the rain - the home team felt the field was not fit for play - and again when the Stars were declared winners after Quiney allowed the first ball after the resumption to pass through to the 'keeper.
Quiney said the players were still confused about the process for deciding games when fewer than five overs per side have been completed.
Stars captain Shane Warne, who felt his hamstring "grab" in Perth, is expected to be fit for Saturday night's match against Hobart at the MCG, which could also be threatened by showers and thunderstorms.