Look at big picture, not Shane Warne

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    Shane Warne was an international cricketing phenomenon. He would routinely pick up bags of wickets, mesmerise the best batsmen and could turn a Test match on its head in a session.

    Perhaps the series that stood out most to me was the epic 2005 Ashes series in England, won 2-1 by the English.

    In an ultimately losing team Warne was sensational, bagging 40 wickets and almost single-handedly keeping the Aussies in the series. How much more would Australia have lost by if not for the giant contribution of the leg-spin wizard?

    But it is debateable as to whether there is merit in a return to the Test team for Shane Warne and the debate must be centred on the long-term development of the team and investment in the future.

    At 43, how much time would Warne have back in the team? And when once again Warney calls stumps on his international career, where would that leave the side? It would have derailed the process of developing emerging spin talent.

    The efforts of Nathan Lyon are not to be underestimated. Lyon has proven to be a solid if not spectacular performer and will get better with time.

    True he is not picking up bags of wickets, but he troubled the top-ranked Proteas and was rarely churning out loose deliveries.

    Nathan Lyon has brought a refreshing level of stability on the spin bowling front after a plethora of spin options were tried after the retirement of Warne.

    Lyon should be allowed to build on the momentum he is developing. Band-aid solutions should be avoided, with the view of long-term success in mind.

    Tempting as it may be, a ‘back to the future’ approach utilising Shane Warne would in many ways be problematic for the future of spin bowling in the Australian line-up. Australia needs the next Shane Warne, not the one who retired five years ago.

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    • December 6th 2012 @ 2:23am
      AndyMack said | December 6th 2012 @ 2:23am | ! Report

      No screw it, i dont care about long term effects, i want to win the ashes. and then defend them.

      that means warne.

      wont hurt Lyon to go learn the craft for a year or two in shield cricket. will come back a better bowler.

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      December 6th 2012 @ 2:48am
      Neuen said | December 6th 2012 @ 2:48am | ! Report

      Here I thought Australia want to go forward not bakwards

    • December 6th 2012 @ 6:54am
      Atawhai Drive said | December 6th 2012 @ 6:54am | ! Report

      It’s not going to happen. It was never going to happen.

      Warney the master self-publicist (and BBL promoter) was up to his old tricks.

      A section of the media fell for it, or at least played along on a quiet news day.

      No one was fooled, but Warney got a headline and put the BBL front and centre.

      Game over.

      • December 6th 2012 @ 7:30am
        AndyMack said | December 6th 2012 @ 7:30am | ! Report

        true, but he still better than lyon surely…..

    • December 6th 2012 @ 7:18am
      Matt F said | December 6th 2012 @ 7:18am | ! Report

      The issue has now been killed a bit by the man himself now but if hypothetically he was serious then he should sign a contract with Victoria for the rest of the summer and probably a county side as well in the lead up to the Ashes (not just a T20 contract) and prove that he can still bowl long, quality spells against batsmen who are trying to block him instead of slog him.

    • December 6th 2012 @ 9:31am
      Whiteline said | December 6th 2012 @ 9:31am | ! Report

      AndyMack,

      Warne would be as effective as some of the trundlers you face at Kitchener Park. He’s finished… I think you should let it go.

    • December 6th 2012 @ 11:10am
      Allanthus said | December 6th 2012 @ 11:10am | ! Report

      We often used to get a cricket game going at lunchtime in our warehouse driveway in Collingwood. One day a Porsche pulled up outside, looking for a back stairs entrance for the computer company upstairs. It was Warnie. We let him park illegally on the condition he sent down a couple.

      Our Assistant Warehouse Manager was batting at the time, Warnie, best suit and all, grabbed the taped up tennis ball and rolled his arm over… the first went over cow corner, a six on any ground in the world, and the next was carved through cover, would have been four if it hadn’t hit the rubbish skip.

      On that evidence, you couldn’t have him…

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