Warne calls for massive changes in Australian cricket

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    This season of Australian cricket 2012/13 has been interesting. In November, the South Africans were pushed right to the end by the Australians in Brisbane, Adelaide and Day 1 of Perth before winning the series 1-0.

    Then came the Sri Lankans who were comprehensively outplayed by an inexperienced Australian side 3-0. The ODI series sparked controversy during the fourth match at the SCG when play was called off due to an “unfit” outfield.

    The series ended 2-2 and Sri Lankan took out the T20 matches 2-0.

    But there has been more controversy off the field caused by the rotation, player management policy and an all-time great in Shane Warne. It started in the BBL when Warne left the Stars for a Christmas/New Year holiday with his wife in the U.K.

    Then there was more, when he and Marlon Samuels clashed in an ugly confrontation at the MCG in the Melbourne Derby. Then, via Twitter, he slams the Australian selectors for not doing the best for Australian Cricket.

    And if you think that’s where it would all end, think again.

    Yesterday Warne made a huge plan and statement. He called for the whole selection panel to be dumped, including coach Mickey Arthur. The champion leg-spinner says Arthur, Andy Bichel and chairman of selectors John Inverarity should be replaced by Warne’s ex-teammates Damien Martyn, Mark Waugh and Glenn McGrath.

    However he still had captain Michael Clarke as part of the selection panel. He also wanted Pat Howard to be replaced by former Australian captain Mark Taylor, just a couple days after calling Howard a muppet.

    Stephen Fleming, former New Zealand captain and great, was also called upon by Warne to replace Arthur as the coach.

    His coaching staff would also include Darren Lehmann as the assistant, Michael Hussey and Michael Bevan as batting coaches with Merv Hughes and Bruce Reid as bowling coaches. Mike Young would still be the fielding coach.

    Warne also wants his mate and former Test skipper Ian Chappell as a consultant to the team.

    Warne stated as well that he wanted the best Australian XI competing in all forms of the game which would include Michael Clarke, David Warner, Matthew Wade, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Shane Watson.

    He says there is no need for resting or rotating/protecting players from injuries every match.

    “You get to know the person, too much chopping and changing leads to insecurity, players then start to look out for themselves and over their shoulder, this breeds selfishness,” Warne said.

    “It’s also why rotation and resting players will never work”. Warne will consult Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland about his ideas.

    In every way, Warne is almost dead on the money. However it would be unlikely this would all happen very quickly before the next Australian summer unless Australia lose the series in India and the Ashes badly.

    In my opinion, I reckon Warne’s ideas should be given a crack, but I’d also liked to see Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath included in the bowling coaching department.

    What do you think Roarers? Is Warne out of his mind or is he dead right?

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    • January 31st 2013 @ 5:43am
      Johnno said | January 31st 2013 @ 5:43am | ! Report

      Funny Andy Bichel Was a teammate fo Warney’s too, no love lost there it seems either. Warney had a bit of tension with Steve Waugh, and Gilly too, and Stuey Mcgill too., and Scott Muller lol.
      And funny that all these blokes are from South of the border too lol. Warney really stuck up for Victorian Rob Quiney. Darren Lehmann had a playing stint at Victoria.

      Mickey Arhtur is far form the problem, I don’t think Warney will get any love there, not even from one of his so called best mates Pup, current aussy cricket captain Micheal Clarke. Micky Arhtur’s job is very safe , and 99% of cricket fans would keep south african micky arthur.

      Maybe after the ODI 2015 world cup ends, a changing of the head coaching guard would be good. But for now the cycle is fine there for the head coach job.

      Warney is right about Bruce Reid. Reid is a very good bowling coach, and vastly experienced in coaching now. From Craig Mcdermott’s era of course.

      Mark Taylor i know nothing about his High performance manger credentials.

      Darren Lehmann is an excellent coach and at 42 now, would be a very reliable assistant as would Tom Moody.

      But Micky Arthur i think Warney is wrong there. And any cricket fans would side with Micky Arthur, the bloke who really helped transform the talented South African squad.

      Steve Fleming is howing a lot of promise in the IPL , and has won few IPL titles as a coach, not as far fetched as it sounds, but doesn’t seem to appear to have any 1st class longer version of the game experience.

      But Micky Arthur is the man.

      What i’d like done, is Cricket Victoria to invest and spend on moving to the junction oval, and set up Headquarters there. That would help cricket in Victoria a lot, and ultimately Australian cricket. As the Vics will have a clear base to develop.

      Ivers and Pat Howard are disappointing me I must say, and the tour of India and the ASHES, will be crucial to them not being asked to leave I think.

    • January 31st 2013 @ 6:48am
      Red Kev said | January 31st 2013 @ 6:48am | ! Report

      I do think Arthut is part of the problem.
      But Mark Waugh as a selector would be a disaster.

      • January 31st 2013 @ 10:20am
        jameswm said | January 31st 2013 @ 10:20am | ! Report

        Why so Kev? I think he’s one of the better commentators around.

    • January 31st 2013 @ 7:58am
      Atawhai Drive said | January 31st 2013 @ 7:58am | ! Report

      Rule No 1: Look after your mates.

    • January 31st 2013 @ 8:08am
      Allanthus said | January 31st 2013 @ 8:08am | ! Report

      Warne does not have a PLAN, he has an OPINION. These are not one and the same thing.

      Given his cricket brain and experience at the top level, his opinion is no doubt valuable, and he will know many things we armchair experts don’t. But.. his demeanour, lack of class and respect for proper process etc diminish his standing, and restrict his ability to be a positive catalyst for change, and to work within or along with, an executive team.

      Also, he showed a surprising lack of composure and leadership in the recent 20/20 semifinal in Perth – in my eyes painting himself as not a person to lead, but rather to be a Statler and Waldorf from the Muppets, or a Paul Keating… someone who will grow old sniping from the sidelines…

      • January 31st 2013 @ 8:44am
        Red Kev said | January 31st 2013 @ 8:44am | ! Report

        The world needs its Keatings, Campeses and Warnes

        • January 31st 2013 @ 9:26am
          Allanthus said | January 31st 2013 @ 9:26am | ! Report

          That may be so RK. But I prefer to have the sound turned off when they start up…

    • January 31st 2013 @ 8:45am
      Tony Tea said | January 31st 2013 @ 8:45am | ! Report

      Who knew Warnie had so many mates who needed a job (or the coin).

    • January 31st 2013 @ 8:45am
      Christo the Daddyo said | January 31st 2013 @ 8:45am | ! Report

      Shane Warne is suffering from Relevance Deprivation Syndrome now that he’s just about retired.

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