Warne offers some advice to England
NOT content with becoming the first man to take 700 Test wickets, Shane Warne tooktime out from his busy day to dispense some advice to England.
Warne believes Kevin Pietersen must bat higher in the order than No. 5.
‘‘He should be batting three or four, I reckon, for sure,’’ Warne said.
‘‘He’s a world-class player and we’ve seen that through the whole series. It’s harder to come on (to bowl) to a bloke when they’re 30 or 40.
‘‘It’s easy to bowl to them when they first c o me i n , b e c a u s e they’re like anyone. The first few overs are quite hard and anyone can get you out. You get a good ball, you nickit, you’re off.
‘‘But if I was England I’d definitely put him up the order.’’
Warne has a point. In four of England’s seven completed innings in the series their premier batsman has suffered from lackof company at the other end.
In the first Test in Brisbane Pietersen was left with the tail-enders when he was in the 90s and on the rampage.
In Perth he was ninth man out for 70 in the first innings in similar circumstances, and was left high and dry on 60 not out in the second innings.
Again yesterday he was denied the opportunity of building an innings as England lost 8-58.
Pietersen was caught on the long-off boundary slogging at Warne w i t h o n l y M o n t y Panesar and Matthew Hoggard remaining.
Warne has not been shy of giving advice to his opponents in this series.
Before a ball was bowled he twice said publicly that it was a mistake to play defensive left-arm spinner Ashley Giles instead of Panesar and wicketkeeper Geraint Jones instead of Chris Read.
Gradually England’s selectors have come to agree with him.
Giles was dropped for Panesar in the third Test in Perth and Read replaced a hopelessly out-of-form Jones for this Test.
Warne said he could understand that England wanted to keep his Hampshire teammate b a c k s o h e c o u l d counteract Warne’s own bowling.
‘‘He probably plays me the best out of their side, so No. 5 is more chance of playing me when I first come on,’’ he said.
‘‘But I thinkyou want your best players up the order when the new ball is there, when it is the hardest. They g e t through that and then they come to the spinners.
‘‘It’s not for me to say but I suppose they’re trying to get their best players down the order, and if the top few can hang in there then their strokemakers can come in.’’