Shane Warne blasts Australia for too much whingeing

Last Updated: Fri, May 18, 2018 15:42 hrs

[South Africa], May 18 (ANI): Former leg-spinner Shane Warner has lashed out at Australia of whingeing too much in the recent times, while adding that his national side should not play like New Zealand.

The spin great was a part of the commentary team in South Africa when Australia was found to be involved in ball-tampering scandal during the third Test of the four-match series between the two sides that sent shock waves through the cricketing world.

The scandal saw Cricket Australia impose one-year ban each on former skipper Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner while a nine-month suspension on all-rounder Cameron Bancroft.

In the wake of massive ball-tampering scandal, Cricket Australia (CA) had later appointed a panel who will draft a charter of behaviour to which the national side will adhere.

The players' review will run in conjunction with the wide-range review into Cricket Australia's organizational structure.

The broader review will study the relationship between player behaviour and cultural, organisational and governance issues within Cricket Australia and team performance bodies nationwide.

And Warne insisted he had sensed that there is some issue going on in the Australian camp when things started going in a wrong way and that the players initiated complaining about their oppositions.

"I'm not sure there were team culture problems but I have noticed there is a lot of whingeing coming out of the Australian camp in recent times, about the opposition and things like that. I think that's un-Australian, I have never really heard any Australian sides do that. But I think it's a great opportunity for everyone in world cricket to draw a line in the sand and say 'how do we want to play the game?," Sport24 quoted Warne, as saying.

Warne also urged Australia not to play like the Black Caps, calling on them to play hard but fair and uncompromising cricket.

"What do we stand for?' 'What's the style of play we want?' I don't think we want to play like the Kiwis, which I heard someone say. I mean, c'mon. The Kiwis, no thank you. But we probably want something in between the Kiwis and Australia at the moment. I want us to play hard but fair, tough, uncompromising cricket, but shake hands and play in the spirit of the game and show good sportsmanship," said Warne, who has amassed 708 wickets in 145 Tests he played in his illustrious career.

Earlier, Justin Langer replaced Darren Lehmann, who announced his resignation as head coach of Australia in the aftermath of the massive ball-tampering scandal that sent shock waves through the sporting world.

Meanwhile, Tim Paine, besides being named the Test captain, was also appointed as Australia's new ODI skipper for the upcoming tour to England.

Expressing his doubts over Paine's appointment, Warne said that he doesn't believe the former is a right man to lead Australia as keepers doesn't make the best captains according to him.

"I don't think keepers make good captains. I think they make good deputies and are fantastic vice-captains to bounce off to set the standard of fielding. I don't think Paine is a long-term option - even though he's done a great job in the short time he's been there - but right now we just need to take stock. We have Justin Langer doing all forms, which is great," he said.

Australia are slated to play five-match ODI series against England from June 13 at The Oval before the two sides will play a lone T20I match.(ANI)



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