Warne backs Australia in Test series

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    Shane Warne has backed Australia to win the upcoming Test cricket series against South Africa, but only because they are the home team.

    The leg-spin legend said on Tuesday there is very little separating Australia, South Africa, England and India – and perhaps Sri Lanka as well when they are at home.

    The three-Test series against South Africa starts on November 9 at the `Gabba in Brisbane.

    “When you’re at home, you’re expected to win,” Warne said.

    “There’s no real standout side for me.

    “Anyone can beat anyone and when it’s at home, I would expect Australia to beat South Africa.

    “It will be a great contest – it will be the bowlers who are on display for both teams, they will really test the batsmen’s techniques.

    “Young (James) Pattinson is really on fire here at the moment.”

    Warne expects Victorian Matthew Wade to be named wicketkeeper for the first Test, but said there could also be room in the side for fellow gloveman Brad Haddin.

    “Brad Haddin is a good friend and he’s done well, but maybe there’s a spot for him as a batsman,” Warne said.

    “Whichever way the selectors go will be fine, but I think Matthew Wade will probably get the nod.”

    While Jon Holland is out with a shoulder injury, Warne also predictably called on selectors to pick a spinner in the first Test team.

    “I mean, c’mon, you always play a spinner no matter what the conditions are,” he said with a grin.

    Warne added it was a shame Holland could be a long-term casualty because of his shoulder injury, which might need surgery.

    “Jon Holland is a big loss, I had him pencilled in about 12-18 months ago that he and Nathan Lyon would be on the Ashes (tour) next year,” he said.

    “I was hopeful that both would play, especially with the balance of the team when you have guys like Shane Watson, Mitchell Marsh who could play as allrounders.

    “It’s a real big loss to lose `Dutchy’ (Holland), he’s really improved.”

    Warne called for patience with the current crop of Australian spinners, saying it would take time for them to develop.

    He said the strength of Australia’s pace bowling meant the spinners could bide their time.

    “When the times comes, when the pitches start to `rag’ … then that’s when it’s pay day for them,” he said.

    But Warne is unimpressed about the lack of wrist spinners coming through Australian cricket, blaming it on impatience at junior level.

    “I don’t want to bang my chest … it would be a long conversation, but to try to have it in a minute or two – it’s hard,” he said.

    “You need encouragement and sometimes the captaincy at junior level that I found with a lot of the kids … they get smacked around the park, they bowl a few double-bouncers, the encouragement’s not there.”

    © AAP 2018

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    • October 24th 2012 @ 11:09pm
      REd said | October 24th 2012 @ 11:09pm | ! Report

      Great news for the Proteas because Warne is the worst predictor out there. he also had the Poms beating the Proteas 2-0.

    • October 25th 2012 @ 12:24am
      Johnno said | October 25th 2012 @ 12:24am | ! Report

      Going to be a good series too.

    • October 25th 2012 @ 1:39am
      Bee Bee said | October 25th 2012 @ 1:39am | ! Report

      Agree with Warnee regarding junior spinners. May I share a sad story.

      20years ago (before Warnee arrived) I was a gifted leg spinner. It was awesome in under 12s. Every top shot batsmen would hear the umpire call (Right arm spinner over the wicket.) Some actually said things like “Yeah, I’m gonna hit me 6 sixes in a row.” Only to charge down the pitch ten paces, Smash air and look like a total wally. I must have got a dozen kids stumped one year with my mandatory 2 overs a match.

      All was looking great for me to become Australia’s next great spinner until I hit under 15s and mandatory 2 overs ceased to exist. To my shock I never got to bowl. Spinners were considered a liability. The guy who was a bit slow in the head and told everyone he was spinner to hide the fact that he was really just an inadequate tosser. While I stood forlornly at fine leg every Saturday for hours straight. The coaches gifted fast bowling son bowled 10 overs straight. Sadly that boys Dad didn’t coach Australia so he never made it either.

      Being a spinner is like being a Jedi. Unless you meet Yoda your never going to fight the Empire. I wish I had persisted and just kept bowling in the nets and just showed them all. But its tough when your fifteen and no one believes in you. Oh to be 15 again and know what I know now.

      The moral of my sad story is this. If your a kid out there and your a spinner. Don’t lose hope. You can spin until your 40. Look at Brad Hogg. Warnee would still be the best spinner in the World if he wasn’t so easily distracted. Keep spinning kids. Even if they won’t bowl you cause they think your a loser. Just keep spinning.

    • October 27th 2012 @ 3:24pm
      Neuen said | October 27th 2012 @ 3:24pm | ! Report

      Warne is just being patriotic

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