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Warne saw Australia’s Ashes success coming

By Roger Vaughan,

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    Shane Warne saw the first signs of Australia’s Ashes resurgence in the depths of their despair.

    Australian cricket’s spin king said the capitulation at Lord’s earlier this year on the way to the 3-0 series loss had proved a turning point.

    Now the English are suffering – they have lost the Ashes and are trying to avoid a series whitewash.

    “I don’t think this was a surprise – we saw some points back after that Lord’s Test, when Australia were probably embarrassed by England,” Warne said.

    “That really hurt them and I think people underestimated how much the Australian team was hurting.

    “In the last three Tests, through Michael Clarke’s declarations, by putting the team in situations where they had to learn how to win … they kept working hard.

    “You’re seeing all that hard work pay off.”

    Warne added it is now critical that Australia turn this success into a new era.

    “When you think (about) the inclusions of (David) Warner and Mitchell Johnson, they’ve added an X-factor with the bat and the ball,” he said.

    “The core of the team is doing well and now we’re seeing (Steve) Smith and other guys come in.

    “Hopefully it’s the start of something special.”

    Warne is not keen to change the team for the rest of this series unless it is necessary.

    “I’d be keeping the foot on the throat,” he said bluntly.

    “We’re in good shape, we have good back-up players and if someone makes their debut over the next couple of Tests, we know they’ve earned it and deserve it.”

    Warne was speaking after an Ashes lunch in Melbourne for his charity foundation.

    He shared a panel with former Test teammates Merv Hughes and Dean Jones, who are also enjoying the change of Australian fortunes.

    “The ultimate thing is to beat an Englishman,” Jones said.

    “You might have done well against South Africa, India or Pakistan, but Warnie and the boys have all known that … once you do well and win an Ashes series, you have mates for life and it’s defined you as a cricketer.

    “People remember Ashes series.”

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    The Crowd Says (8)

    • December 20th 2013 @ 5:58am
      Dexter The Hamster said | December 20th 2013 @ 5:58am | ! Report

      To be fair, I think a lot of us thought that the 3-0 result in England was a bit misleading, and we would do OK back in Oz.

      This article could be written about me, but just because Warnie has approx. 700 more Test wickets than me, he gets more airtime.

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      December 20th 2013 @ 1:51pm
      Tony Loedi said | December 20th 2013 @ 1:51pm | ! Report

      No doubt Dexter, Obviously no one will believe me but I predicted we would lose in England and win over here. Although I didn’t think we would be 3 nil up after 3 tests.

      • Roar Guru

        December 20th 2013 @ 6:22pm
        Pom in Oz said | December 20th 2013 @ 6:22pm | ! Report

        Well, what you and Dexter fail to realise is that you just had lucky hunches. Not dissimilar to the handful of punters who get lucky at the races on a Saturday afternoon. You miss the point that Warney is a supernatural being, possibly even a god, who can predict the future at will. In his mighty magnificence, he resists telling us the result beforehand, lest he spoils our simplistic pleasure in watching the events unfold in real time. It’s probably a burden for the almighty Warney to know the future, much like Cassandra in Greek mythology.

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          December 20th 2013 @ 7:00pm
          Tony Loedi said | December 20th 2013 @ 7:00pm | ! Report

          Very good Pom very good

    • December 20th 2013 @ 7:32pm
      Simoc said | December 20th 2013 @ 7:32pm | ! Report

      The difference is those that claim knowledge after the fact are B/S artists and these pages are full of them.

      • December 20th 2013 @ 9:31pm
        Nudge said | December 20th 2013 @ 9:31pm | ! Report

        He did say before the series started he thought australia would win

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          December 21st 2013 @ 12:06pm
          Pom in Oz said | December 21st 2013 @ 12:06pm | ! Report

          Such is his omnipotence, that he is actually reversing time and is becoming younger. You can clearly see that in his face, which appears to have fewer wrinkles these days and his hair is becoming thicker! Amazing…

    • December 20th 2013 @ 10:20pm
      Bogga said | December 20th 2013 @ 10:20pm | ! Report

      5-0 was between 50 and 100/1 at the start of the series. This shows too many punters weren’t terribly accurate in their predictions.

      But you can’t predict rain anyway.

      Warnie’s lucky hunch was explained in numerous articles over a period of months between series. Heavily derided by the English press as stirring the pot and deliberately being over-confident to try to rattle the players. THey were unanimous and provided evidence of English Cricket’s superiority. They were all wrong and have significantly changed their tunes without mentioning how wrong they were only 2 months ago.

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