Quiney should replace Ponting: Warne

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    Shane Warne believes Victorian batsman Rob Quiney deserves to replace retiring great Ricky Ponting despite the miserable start to his Test career.

    Quiney managed just nine runs in three innings in the first two Tests against South Africa, before being dropped when Shane Watson returned from injury for the Perth decider.

    Quiney’s failures have seemingly left Phil Hughes and Usman Khawaja as the top candidates to replace Ponting – who played his final Test innings on Monday – when Australia begin their next Test series against Sri Lanka, starting in Hobart on December 14.

    But Warne said Quiney remained the best long-term option at No.3 as Australia look towards trying to regain the Ashes next year.

    He said Quiney should not be overlooked based on two Tests against the world No.1 team.

    “He’s been the best player for a period of time now,” Warne told reporters in Melbourne.

    “Yes, he didn’t do that well and he had three hits in two Tests, got a pair, didn’t play that well.

    “But it’s a great time to get Bobby in now for the next series.

    “You’ve got to start looking ahead and say these guys we bring in, who’s going to play pretty well in India? Who’s going to play well in England against the swinging and seaming ball?

    “Bobby Quiney’s got the best technique out of any of the candidates bar none … I’m pretty confident Bobby will be there for at least four or five years if he gets a good run at it.”

    Australia tour India for a four-Test series in February-March then head to England for the Ashes series in July.

    Warne said the bowling attack also needed work, given the way they were belted around by South Africa in the second innings in Perth.

    “The conditions, okay it was a bit flat, but I think Michael Clarke had no chance to set a field when guys are bowling knee-high full tosses, wide, straight, full, short,” Warne said.

    “… I felt like jumping off the couch, flying to Perth and grabbing the ball.”

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    • December 4th 2012 @ 7:57am
      doozel said | December 4th 2012 @ 7:57am | ! Report

      Yeh right Warnie, couldn’t have anything to do with him being a Victorian and playing at St Kilda?

      • December 4th 2012 @ 9:46am
        jameswm said | December 4th 2012 @ 9:46am | ! Report

        Exactly – total coincidence, right?

        • December 4th 2012 @ 10:00am
          The Kebab Connoisseur said | December 4th 2012 @ 10:00am | ! Report

          Well, we get the Sydney jokers on here continually spruiking NSW players. One Victorian voice in a cachophony of Cochroaches.

    • December 4th 2012 @ 8:47am
      josh said | December 4th 2012 @ 8:47am | ! Report

      Do Australis head to India? I know its in the ICC FTP, but its not in the official schedules of CA of the BCCI.

      But regardless it is Khawaja who deserves an extended run at 3.

      • December 4th 2012 @ 9:30am
        Frankie Hughes said | December 4th 2012 @ 9:30am | ! Report

        The venues are all set for the defence of the Border Gavaskar Trophy in February so I’d say it’s a certainty.

      • December 4th 2012 @ 10:40am
        Matt F said | December 4th 2012 @ 10:40am | ! Report

        The tour is confirmed but the exact dates aren’t completely locked in yet

        • December 4th 2012 @ 10:57am
          Red Kev said | December 4th 2012 @ 10:57am | ! Report

          It’s been on the schedule for a year:
          Fri Feb 22 to Tue Feb 26 – 1st Test – India vs Australia – Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi
          Sat Mar 2 to Wed Mar 6 – 2nd Test – India vs Australia – Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Chandigarh
          Thur Mar 14 to Mon Mar 18 – 3rd Test – India vs Australia – Green Park, Kanpur
          Fri Mar 22 to Tue Mar 26 – 4th Test – India vs Australia – MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

          • December 4th 2012 @ 12:45pm
            Matt F said | December 4th 2012 @ 12:45pm | ! Report

            Really? I can’t find them on any official website (CA, BCCI or cricinfo). Where did you track those dates down from?

            • December 4th 2012 @ 12:57pm
              Red Kev said | December 4th 2012 @ 12:57pm | ! Report

              That’s a really good question. I can’t bloody remember – I posted them a couple of weeks back on The Roar and so found them by back-tracking posts here rather than on a site again. Now that I’ve looked at the board sites and like you can’t see anything official I’m not so sure that they’re finalised (as you say in your post – tour will happen but dates not locked in).

    • December 4th 2012 @ 9:45am
      Don Corleone said | December 4th 2012 @ 9:45am | ! Report

      The Warne kiss-of-death. The last player Warnie backed as the next big thing was Michael Beer.

      • December 4th 2012 @ 9:53am
        Jason said | December 4th 2012 @ 9:53am | ! Report

        And before that Bryce McGain.

      • December 4th 2012 @ 4:18pm
        Disco said | December 4th 2012 @ 4:18pm | ! Report

        Indeed.

      • December 4th 2012 @ 7:12pm
        dasilva said | December 4th 2012 @ 7:12pm | ! Report

        The scary thing is that when Warne recommends a player, the selectors normally pick the player

    • December 4th 2012 @ 9:58am
      The Kebab Connoisseur said | December 4th 2012 @ 9:58am | ! Report

      They will put in Hughes (what’s that, about the 3rd or 4th time after being dropped?) I reckon. Quiney won’t be back anytime soon.

      Hughes will murder the Sri Lankans who are garbage and be in for the Ashes next year.

      Just so predictable.

      • December 4th 2012 @ 10:54am
        Dan said | December 4th 2012 @ 10:54am | ! Report

        All a guy can do after being dropped is to go back and score runs. Hughes has done that, so if he gets another chance he deserves it. Same goes for Khawaja, but I think Hughes would get the gig first up. I’d say both will be in the touring party for India and England, possibly Ferguson too as a middle order back up.

    • December 4th 2012 @ 10:50am
      Dan said | December 4th 2012 @ 10:50am | ! Report

      If Quiney is the long term replacement then he needs to make plenty of runs at Shield level. He had 3 chances and failed dismally, so on with the next candidate.

    • December 4th 2012 @ 1:09pm
      Pope Paul VII said | December 4th 2012 @ 1:09pm | ! Report

      Jesus Warney Liz will replace you if you keep this up.

      Khawaja.

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