Warne’s warn­ing against T20 spin ap­proach

Mercury (Hobart) - - CRICKET - ROBERT CRADDOCK

SHANE Warne be­lieves Aus­tralia should con­sider a rad­i­cal se­lec­tion plan to find its next Test leg-spin­ner to counter white-ball coach­ing meth­ods which have turned the craft up­side down.

It’s 12 years since leg-spin­ner Warne bowled the last of his 40,750 de­liv­er­ies in Test cricket and had it not been for the ar­rival of Nathan Lyon, Aus­tralia’s slow-bowl­ing depth would have been ex­posed.

The ex­as­per­at­ing search for new leg-spin­ners goes on with none any­where near Test se­lec­tion de­spite the emer­gence of the oc­ca­sional promis­ing young­ster such as Tan­veer Sangha, 17, who this week signed a Big Bash con­tract with the Syd­ney Thun­der.

Warne says the tough­est thing for young leg-spin­ners is they are taught a method that is a com­plete con­trast to the way he and many other fa­mous leg-spin­ners be­fore him learnt their craft.

Warne be­lieves there is an ar­gu­ment to tem­po­rar­ily in­su­late top young spin­ners from the world of per­pet­ual va­ri­ety which is part of the white-ball scene.

“Part of me thinks we should be de­vel­op­ing the next best spin­ners who­ever they may be and say­ing ‘here is a big con­tract, you are not play­ing T20 for a year be­cause we are con­cen­trat­ing on Tests’.

“If they are taught that way it would be eas­ier for them to even­tu­ally adapt to the white­ball game but it’s very dif­fi­cult to adapt the other way around.

“My leg-spin­ner was my stock ball. You have to be able to bowl that ball un­der pres­sure when you are be­ing smashed. If they hit a good shot to a good ball, so be it.’’

Many spin­ners have watched Warne’s work on YouTube and tried to learn his tricks.

“When I heard that I thought ‘sheez’,’’ Warne said.

“But I look at my kids grow­ing up and ev­ery­thing is on YouTube so there are go­ing to be more kids com­ing through and learn­ing from other bowlers like that as well.’’

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