Warne of­fers to help be­lea­guered CA

Gulf Times Sport - - CRICKET -

Spin king Shane Warne put his hand up yes­ter­day to help Aus­tralian cricket out of its cur­rent spi­ral and urged the sport’s be­lea­guered gov­ern­ing body to make bet­ter use of other for­mer top play­ers.

The na­tional team has been in a form slump since a ball­tam­per­ing scan­dal in March and Cricket Aus­tralia has seen a clean-out of top ex­ec­u­tives af­ter a scathing re­view blamed its cul­ture as partly con­tribut­ing to play­ers cheat­ing.

Warne said he was “frus­trated” at the state of Aus­tralian cricket.

“In the words of Don­ald Trump, let’s make cricket great again,” he said in a col­umn for Mel­bourne’s Her­ald Sun.

“Cricket Aus­tralia is in dis­ar­ray — fact. CA has lost con­trol and sight of what it was try­ing to achieve, to make cricket Aus­tralia’s favourite sport.

“That was its slo­gan and it was right but it has lost its way and thank­fully heads are start­ing to roll.”

The leg-spin icon said re­tired crick­eters needed to play a big­ger part in steer­ing the sport, call­ing on a host of for­mer team­mates to rally be­hind the game.

“I put my hand up to (out­go­ing team per­for­mance boss) Pat Howard a few times, told him I was avail­able if they needed me,” he told the news­pa­per.

“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.”

He ques­tioned why re­tired stars such as Michael Clarke had not been ap­pointed as a bat­ting con­sul­tant, or Glenn McGrath to help the fast bowlers.

“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,” he said.

“Why not ask Glenn McGrath, of­fer him a con­tract to help with the fast bowlers.

“We are not play­ing the Aus­tralian way at the mo­ment, at any level.”

Warne said “we just think we are go­ing to pro­duce crick­eters” but ar­gued that would not hap­pen un­til the right peo­ple were in­volved and the right en­vi­ron­ment was put in place.

He ad­vo­cated more game time for top play­ers in the Sh­effield Shield and said: “Stop the Twenty20 greed.”

“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,” he added.

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