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Warner rubbishes Hogg's favouritism accusation

Warner rubbishes Hoggs favouritism accusation
Bengaluru: Australia's opening batsman David Warner on Wednesday brushed aside former fast bowler Rodney Hogg's accusation that skipper Steve Smith prefers to "pick his friends" in the national team. Disappointed with Australia's poor run of form, Hogg has slammed skipper Smith, the selection committee and Cricket Australia. But Warner differed with Hogg's views. "Everyone is going to have their opinions and they are entitled to have their opinions. I don't know from where all these theories crop up from. It is up to the selectors to pick the team and at the end of the day, if you are picked up, you go out there and give your best. That is how it always has been," Warner told reporters on the eve of the fourth ODI against India and Australia here. Hogg has accused Smith of picking his friends in the national team while talking to SEN Radio in Australia. "They are picking their mates. Smith shouldn't be a selector. (Ashton) Agar's been pushed through and (Hilton) Cartwright's still there. We saw (Nic) Maddinson get selected (he's) a mate, he's one of Steve Smith's mates. You can't pick bloody mates," Hogg said.


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