Bowling royalty Shane Warne is one of the most iconic and legendary bowlers to grace the game, known mostly for his on-field antics and his occasional off-field antics, he was regularly the centre of attention.
Unlike some players however, when the big occasion was presented itself to him, he regularly took centre stage, and took great pleasure in destroying teams on his own.
Being such player and such a personality usually leads to him having some antagonistic opinions, some of which making him appear a genius, while others leaving him with a red face.
With the first test of the Ashes 2017 series shortly upon us, the former leg-spinner has used his column in The Herald Sun to have his say on how the two teams should line up on November 23.
Warne includes two questionable additions
All fans will know the importance of this first Test. An astounding win by Australia could set the tone for the following couple of months, but a result for England could just mean they have a chance of retaining the prestigious trophy.
Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade have both been under considerable criticism of late, yet Shane believes they both deserve to keep their place, well for the first two Tests at least.
Despite being less than impressive with the bat, Warne feels that leaving Wade out may cause a disruption that could dislodge the team even more than when he was recalled twelve months ago.
“Twelve months ago, Matthew Wade should never have been given another opportunity to keep for Australia but leaving him out now would be an even bigger selection blunder,” Warne advised, per FOX.
“There has been a succession of stuff-ups with the keepers — Brad Haddin should not have been dropped for Nevill, Nevill should not have been booted for Wade.
“We’ve twice made poor decisions. Let’s not do it a third time.”
Warne also warned Australia away from the idea of choosing rising star Jake Lehmann over the experience of Glenn Maxwell. Explaining that Maxwell has the cutting edge that will ruin England's chances of a result.
“All teams need match-winners and make no mistake, Maxi is one of those,” Warne continued.
“Yes we will shake our heads and roll our eyes occasionally, but we have to accept the odd horror and enjoy his best when it comes off.
“He makes things happen in all facets of the game but needs encouragement from the leaders to express himself.”
Warne's line-ups can be seen below:
Steve Smith (c)
Matthew Wade (wk)
Joe Root (c)
Jonny Bairstow (wk)
Mason Crane/Jake Ball*
*spinner Crane or seamer Ball depending on conditions
Shane issues warning to England
Warne reminded fans of the location of the first test, the Gabba. One that has suited Australia incredibly in recent years, while doing the exact opposite to England.
He also issued a stern warning in regards to Australia's bowling attack, one that he heralds "the best bowling attack in the world". While highlighting key fast-bowler Pat Cummins.
“He’s bowling wonderfully well — Steve Smith needs to use him as an impact bowler, a bit like Michael Clarke used Mitchell Johnson.”
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