Unfair to blame Arthur: Warne

Stressing that it would be “unfair” to blame Mickey Arthur for Australia’s poor performance in India, legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne believes a combination of factors has contributed to his country’s slide in form.

“Australia has many inexperienced players in its squad and they would have learnt their lessons from the defeats.

“The team I was a part of took two tours (1998 and 2001) to realise how to win in India,” said the 43-year-old, who was in the city for a promotional event. Warne further asserted that due credit should be given to India for its complete domination .

Aim to turn the ball

Questioned on the lack of quality spinners in his country, Warne urged the spinners to aim to turn the ball and not improve their economy rates.

“A structure needs to be put in place for 15 to 16-year-old spin bowlers. When they begin playing senior cricket at 17, captains remove them from the attack if they are hit for a couple of sixes.

“This affects their development as spin bowlers.”

Elaborating on his opinions on the importance of coaching in international cricket, the 43-year-old-said, “Coaching is for 12-year-olds and not international cricketers.

“A senior player should receive mental support from the staff and needs to ensure he’s thinking positive before a match. John Buchanan had no idea about coaching.

“The Australian team I was a part of hardly needed a good coach. Even my 13-year-old son could decide when to bowl (Glenn) McGrath, (Brett) Lee or (Jason) Gillespie,” added Warne.

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