Where are all the young batsmen? Shane Warne after Australia lose Tests series to India

first_imgLegendary spinner and former Australia cricketer, Shane Warne has continued his criticism of Australia cricket team after their first-ever series defeat to India at home.Warne launched an attack against Cricket Australia, questioning the ordinary performances of both the batsmen and their bowlers in their series defeat against India.He pointed out that not one the pacers from the much-talked-about Australian bowling attack hadn’t managed an LBW and the batsmen failed to reach the three-figure mark even once in the tournament.Warne also lamented the state of Sheffield Shield cricket, Australia’s premier domestic tournament after the disastrous series at home. Notably, experts have pointed out that Australian selectors are short of options as most of the top players are missing games in the ongoing Shield season as it coincides with the Big Bash League T20 tournament.”Not one LBW for the quick bowlers in the series and not 1 hundred by any batsman. Where are all the young batsman ? Shield cricket has turned into a game where players are pulled out whenever they feel like it. Grade cricket is going backwards ! Who’s making these decisions ? (sic),” Warne wrote on social media.Warne also agreed with Michael Vaughan’s critical assessment of Australian cricket, saying it needs a complete overhaul if the senior national team is to return to dominant ways.Notably, Vaughan, the former England captain, had written in his column for Telegraph newspaper that the return of the banned duo of David Warner and Steve Smith won’t solve all of Australia’s problems.advertisementUnfortunately, I have to agree with @MichaelVaughan here Jnr. Yes Warner & Smith will help, but Aust cricket needs a complete overhaul re the following. Coaching at all levels, the ridiculous under 23 programme, academy etc. As we are not producing quality smart cricketers-why ? https://t.co/ZBBYToJl7OShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) January 8, 2019″I cannot see Australia beating England this summer unless they assess themselves brutally. Batting techniques have to be better and they need to be more consistent with the ball. Every facet of their Test team has to improve. They are kidding themselves if they think everything will be rosy when Smith and Warner come back,” Vaughan had written.Earlier in the day, Mark Waugh had disagreed with Vaughan’s analysis, saying: “You take the 2 best batsmen out of any cricket team in the world and see what happens or even 1. Kohli, Root, Williamson etc.”Australia certainly felt the absence of Warner and Smith, who had been prolific run scorers for them. Notably, the banned duo scored nearly 40 percent of the team’s total during their 2-0 win over India at home in 2014-15.Barring the ton, Usman Khawaja scored in the UAE last year, none of the Australian batsmen who played against India reached three-figure mark in Tests over the past year. More importantly, none of them are averaging over 40.Eventually, Australia have passed 300 runs just three times in 14 innings since Warner and Smith were banned last March, with the highest score of 362 for eight.Also Read | Mark Waugh not impressed with Michael Vaughan’s scathing criticism of Australian Test teamAlso Read | Not India’s fault that Australia were without Steve Smith and David Warner: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | India came to Australia with a confident and aggressive attitude: Michael HusseyAlso Read | Hats off to India: Tim Paine concedes Australia were outplayed by Virat Kohli’s menAlso See:last_img