Warne not to let up on series of 'bombshell articles' on Oz cricket

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 04, 2013 08:41 hrs

Shane Warne has promised to write more articles on his proposed overhaul of the state of cricket in Australia after posting his Test, one-day and Twenty20 squads in the second part on Monday.

Adding force to his claim that no one in Australian cricket was content with the current situation, Warne claimed Cricket Australia (CA) had failed to meet its mission statement to put fans first, be the best, increase participation, provide leadership and grow the game, News.com.au reports.

Warne then shuffled a few deck chairs in the various Australian squads, most notably discarding George Bailey as a captain and player in the Twenty20 squad but keeping him in the one-day team.

Warne's 18-man Test squad includes five players not going to India in Australia's 17-man touring party: batsmen Shaun Marsh and Callum Ferguson, all-rounder James Faulkner, and fast bowlers Nathan Coulter-Nile and the injured Ryan Harris, the paper reported.

The four Warne dumped were batsmen Ed Cowan and Steve Smith, pace man Mitchell Johnson and second spinner Xavier Doherty, it added.

Warne also wants fielding restrictions dumped in one-day cricket but 10-over bowler limits to remain. However, conversely, in Twenty20 cricket the spin great wants fielding restrictions to remain on bigger grounds but bowlers be allowed to bowl a maximum of five overs each not four.

Warne said this is the squad of players that he thinks can help Australia get back to Number 1 in the world.

The leg-spin legend said he knows not everyone would agree with him, but claimed it isn't a problem with him.

Warne said the reason why he is writing these articles is to hopefully create debate and discussion, adding he doesn't think the Australian cricket fraternity is happy with the way it is being run currently.

Warne reiterated his dislike to the controversial rotation policy, saying the best team should always be played like in the past. (ANI)

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