Selection boss Trevor Hohns has explained to out of favour paceman Chadd Sayers why he was left out of the tour of South Africa as Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland weighed into the topic.
The issue about communication between players and selectors was back on the agenda after Sayers' controversial exclusion from the squad announced this week.
The South Australian swing bowler is unhappy he learnt his fate via social media instead of receiving a call from Hohns. ???Selectors, however, generally only contact players who have come in, or those from the previous squad who have missed out. Sayers was part of Australia's Test squad for the first two Tests against England but did not feature in Perth, Melbourne or Sydney.
As the leading wicket-taker since the start of last season's Sheffield Shield, Sayers can consider himself extremely unlucky to lose out to new kid on the block Jhye Richardson, who has played only five first-class games.
It has emerged Sayers' lack of pace was a key factor in him being leapfrogged by the young West Australian.
It's understood Richardson, who was clocked at bowling over 148 km/h in a Shield game against NSW this season, has been picked as cover for express-paced duo Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, while 195cm seamer Jackson Bird is in as a shadow for giant quick Josh Hazlewood. Hohns is said to have outlined this to Sayers during a discussion on Tuesday.
Sayers, who has not played a Test, can point to the career of South African Vernon Philander, who has taken 183 wickets at less than 22 despite not being blessed with high speed.
A red-ball specialist, Sayers does not have a contract in the Big Bash League but is believed to be one of the highest earners with South Australia.
Sutherland supported Sayers this week, saying he deserved to know at least why he had not been picked.
"Over the course of the past couple of seasons he's been very, very strong and is clearly knocking on the door," Sutherland said.
"He's been in and around the team. He's been selected in Test squads and I think he's a player that should know exactly where he stands.
"If that hasn't happened then it should be happening."
The perceived lack of communication between players and selectors was addressed in CA's team performance review of 2011, in which the head selector was effectively the "HR manager of the Australian team". He had "critical responsibility" for the "evaluation of, and communication with, individual players".
There is a feeling among some players lines of communication have improved since Hohns took over from Rod Marsh in late 2016.
Sutherland does not believe there is an ongoing issue between selectors and players.
"From time to time we do have those conversations but I don't think it's a growing problem," Sutherland said on Melbourne radio station 3AW.
"There will always be mutterings about those communications. Realistically, people that aren't selected are understandably aggrieved.
"They would like to think that they should be in the team. I'm not talking about Chadd in particular, I'm just talking about in my time in this role.
"I see that this is a recurring thing. Selectors work hard on trying to communicate to players as best they can."
"Its not easy to get that right. It's a little bit about who's giving the messages, also how it's received.
"From time to time this can be an issue, but I don't have a major concern about that. In fact, I think we're as meticulous and organised and deliberate about those communications today as we've ever been."