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Australian coach Chris Anderson is denying reports that some players are up in arms regarding the inclusion of Darren Smith in the team named to contest the 3rd Ashes Test at Huddersfield on Sunday.
The 34-year-old former St Helens star came into the Kangaroos' squad last week as cover for center Phil Bailey who was injured in last weeks 2nd test.
"Our process was we wanted to pick our strongest side," said Anderson. "It's a Test match.
"We wanted our strongest side available and we thought this was the strongest side.
"It's tough for the blokes who didn't get a start but we had to go with what we considered was the strongest side.
"They're disappointed they're not in the team, which is only natural," said Anderson.
"But the blokes who are over here, it's a learning exercise and I think if they take it as that, they'll go back and be much improved footballers."
The question must be asked of Andersons selection policy , why were Villasanti , Clinton and Lewis taken on tour ?
Surely the purpose of any international tour is to blood newer players as well as the ultimate goal of winning the series.