Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland has admitted that "something clearly has gone awry" in the new selection panel's communication with the public as he cleared the air on Brad Haddin, saying that the out-of-form wicketkeeper has been dropped and not rested.
"I don't know the specific detail on it. Looking back on it, something clearly has gone awry there and that's something we need to be clearer on," Sutherland told 'The Daily Telegraph'.
The panel had claimed that the 34-year-old Haddin had been rested from the first three one-dayers of the ongoing tri-series against India and Sri Lanka. But Haddin went on to claim that he had been dropped from the side.
He was not recalled to Australia's even after the first three matches on the series. Sutherland said Haddin has been told of his position very clearly by the selectors.
"Brad's very aware of the position. He's had a number of conversations with the selectors, particularly the national selector (John Inverarity) over the last few weeks and probably as soon as just over 24 hours ago," Sutherland said.
"He knows that he's out of the team on a performance basis and he's under no illusions as to where he sits in selectors' eyes. I think there has been a very strong focus over the last few months for the national selection panel to communicate very clearly to the players," he added.
But Sutherland said public could be better-informed about the selections.
"Personally I understand over the past couple of weeks there might have been some uncertainty in the public space about this particular selection. I think we can do better and we need to do better in that regard then we will."