Shane Warne issues strong wake-up call to Australia after dismal 2018

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Shane Warne has issued a strong rallying cry for Australian bowlers to up their game following a loss to India in their third Test match by a margin of 137 runs. 

The former bowler, who has 708 Test match wickets to his name, insists the quality of the bowling is the reason why the Australian team is not at its best, and that the blame shouldn't be all put on the batsmen. 

The retired Australian bowler called out the team and revealed their poor individual records in Test match cricket.

The onslaught of criticism was a wake-up call after their most recent defeat, and left Warne insisting that they need to get better.

"Numbers don't lie," said Warne.

Warne named and shamed the bowlers which revealed rather worrying statistics for Aussie cricket - even his colleagues on the panel were surprised by the poor figures.

"The opposition number 1-6 batsmen when we are bowling has Mitchell Starc with 17 wickets in 10 Test matches at an average of 47,  Josh Hazlewood has 18 wickets at 40. Nathan Lyon 29 wickets at 43. Pat Cummins 30 wickets at 23.

"There has been a strong advantage to the bowlers, yet these numbers show the Australian attack is struggling.

"The conditions are suiting the bowlers and the ball is dominating the bat, except for us.”

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Warne also brought to light that most other teams in international cricket are better with their bowling than batting, and the Australian team are falling behind because of their failure to follow the same pattern. 

He also highlighted the issue that Australia's new-ball bowlers are not getting the results needed if they want to win consistently at international Test match level.

"So if you lose a toss and the opposition decide to bat and you have to try and knock them over. 

"Our new ball bowlers in Starc and Hazlewood are averaging 47 and 40. That’s not very good at all and it is not good enough." 

Following this, Warne said that the bowlers are to blame for the batsmen's poor performances as their consistent inability to get the opposition out in reasonable time piles the pressure on the batsmen to score highly.

"At times when the bowlers have done well and knocked a side over, Australia have actually made over 300 in the first innings.

“But when the opposition have made 346, 488, 482, 443, 386 and I could keep going, that puts a lot of scoreboard pressure on our batsmen. The pressure is on to come out and make a decent score to try and not give up a big lead."

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