Warne of­fers some ad­vice to Eng­land

Townsville Bulletin - - Ashes -

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.’’

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