Shane Warne, former Australia legspinner, has blasted the Australia cricket team for their poor performance against Pakistan in the Abu Dhabi Test. Tim Paine’s side suffered a 373-run defeat as they lost the two-Test series 1-0.
“We all support the Aussie side but they need a kick up the backside at the moment because they’re not performing well,” Warned told reporters in an event in Melbourne.
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Australia’s loss to Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, their fourth-heaviest Test in terms of runs, comes at a time when the side is still reeling from the after-effects of the ball-tampering scandal during the Cape Town Test against South Africa. Steve Smith, the captain at that time, admitted to tampering with the ball and was handed a year ban along with David Warner.
Warne pointed out that following the scandal, Australian cricket needed to return to the grassroots and make the foundation strong.
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“I don’t think there’s enough first-class cricketers getting into school cricket and inspiring people techniques. It just does not happen anymore,” Warne said.
Australia will now play four Tests, three ODIs and three Twenty20s against India starting mid-November. In the last series between the two sides Down Under in 2014/15, Australia won the Test series 2-0.