Shane Warne – the king of spin, who has made life hell for the Brits – says he would be willing to take over as England manager.
Warne’s comments were barely picked up across the world, but his desire will raise eyebrows at the English Cricket Board.
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Andrew Strauss, whom Warne fired on Boxing Day to claim his 700th Test wicket, is the man tasked with finding a permanent replacement for Chris Silverwood, who was sacked following England’s terrible Ashes campaign during the Premier League. australian summer.
Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood is acting as caretaker manager for the Test series against the West Indies, while Joe Root has been retained as captain despite being passed over by the high-performance squad.
Warne, who is an expert caller for Fox Sports and called out the Ashes, saw their miserable 0-4 defeat unfold was rocked by England’s soft efforts, where the tourists had only a century maker and issues like selection, the fielding and field placements tormented them continually.
“England had plenty of chances throughout the series, but in the big moments they couldn’t succeed with bat or ball,” Warne said.
“That first Test in Brisbane – the whole series could have been different had they just looked at the pitch rather than planning day/night Tests in Adelaide and who was going to play in that game.
“It had rained for three weeks in Brisbane. It was green and stitched all over and you have the best stitch pitcher in the world in Jimmy Anderson, and they’re resting him for the pink ball game. They didn’t do themselves a favor.
“I didn’t mind Joe Root giving them a little rocket ship and telling them they didn’t get it right. [at Adelaide], maybe they weren’t listening to the plans. It’s hard enough to get tactics right when the bowlers aren’t doing what they’re supposed to, but surely you sit down with the bowlers and fix the problem.
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The great Australian cricketer, who won 195 wickets against England, including one with his famous first ball against Mike Gatting, is widely regarded as one of the best brains in the game.
Although he never captained Australia in Test cricket, he was vice-captain for years and showed his genius by leading the Rajasthan Royals to the first IPL trophy despite being canceled before tournament.
Warne will coach the London Spirit in The Hundred over the Australian winter and spent years playing for Hampshire in County Cricket.
He worked closely with Australian wicket-keeper Josh Inglis last year and has publicly backed him as a future star – a call that looks profitable after his stellar start to his international career against Sri Lanka at the Beginning of the month.
Warne has also been a regular commentator in England with sky sports for years and watched the game from every angle.
Warne believes England need to go back to basics in the longer version of the game and says the nation is not lacking in depth despite failing to produce Test quality batsmen.
“There are so many good players in England and a lot of depth, but you have to master some of the basics,” he said.
“You can’t play without balls and take that many catches, but you have the players, they just aren’t performing.”
Despite declaring his interest in the job, Warne says England should jump on the appointment of former team-mate Justin Langer, who quit in early June after Cricket Australia balked at offering him a long-term deal despite Australia’s T20 and Ashes World Cup victory in the space of six months.
“Cricket Australia were shameful in the way they handled it,” Warne said.
“Winning an Ashes series and a World Cup doesn’t get much bigger than that. Corn [Langer] was a dead man walking. When I didn’t hear the captain or other players defending him saying he was fantastic, I found that really disappointing.
“Why couldn’t Cricket Australia come out and say they weren’t renewing his contract straight away but would wait until the end of the summer, to see who the best candidate is, and if Langer is still the best candidate, give him a contract? If I was England, I would jump on him.