Warne of­fers help to be­lea­guered CA

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Spin le­gend Shane Warne is will­ing to help out Cricket Aus­tralia and ques­tions why more of his for­mer international team­mates have not been ap­pointed as con­sul­tants.

The up­heaval at CA con­tin­ued to un­fold this week, with ex­ec­u­tives Pat Howard and Ben Amarfio the lat­est pow­er­ful fig­ures to de­part the gov­ern­ing body.

In his col­umn for a met­ro­pol­i­tan news­pa­per, Warne wrote the ex­pe­ri­ence of re­tired test play­ers should be used more to help bring through the next

‘‘From a pure cricket point of view I’d love to see them in there but ob­vi­ously there’s other things that a high-per­for­mance man­ager has to tick off,’’ Copeland said.

CA chief ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Roberts crop of Aussie tal­ent.

‘‘I put my hand up to Pat Howard a few times, told him I was avail­able if they needed me,’’ Warne wrote.

‘‘I’ve al­ways been happy to get in­volved in any role if Cricket Aus­tralia thought I could help the team. I’m sure all the ex­play­ers would be the same.

‘‘We’ve got a lot of spin­ners com­ing through who I’ve helped in an in­for­mal role and I’m more than happy to help in a for­mal ba­sis if re­quired.

‘‘Why not ask Glenn McGrath, of­fer him a con­tract to help with made it clear that Howard’s re­place­ment would come from a cricket back­ground, mak­ing sure he or she would not face the same re­sis­tance the for­mer Wal­la­bies five-eighth en­coun­tered.

Na­tional one-day cap­tain Aaron the fast bowlers?’’

Warne said ‘‘we just think we are go­ing to pro­duce crick­eters’’ but that wouldn’t hap­pen un­til the right peo­ple were in­volved and the right en­vi­ron­ment was put in place.

‘‘Ev­ery­one is jump­ing on the play­ers be­cause they are not per­form­ing but we have to take a step back and ask why? Are they good enough?’’ he wrote.

‘‘The tal­ent in Aus­tralia is good. It comes back to how they are be­ing taught to play, more im­por­tantly the style they are be­ing taught to play.’’ Finch sug­gested Howard, whose seven-year ten­ure came to an abrupt end on Wed­nes­day, did an ‘‘out­stand­ing job’’.

‘‘In his po­si­tion, you’re in a nowin po­si­tion . . . you have to rob Peter to pay Paul,’’ Finch said.

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