Warne Believes England Will Suffer

Shane Warne believes that England would have to suffer more defeats in the future if their captain Alastair Cook carries on with the same kind of approach that he had shown during the Ashes series in Australia last year.

According to Warne, Cook needs to make some drastic changes to his captaincy style. He needs to realize that he can’t wait for the batsmen to get frustrated and give their wickets away. He will have to get the batsmen out by applying pressure by subtle changes in the field and intelligent rotation of the bowlers.

In Australia, Cook’s strategy was to bowl off stump channel to the batsmen with a tight off side field so that they can’t get too many boundaries and try to hit out. But, the Australian players didn’t fall in that trap of his at all.

Warne also criticized the decision of the England’s selectors to include Matt Prior in the squad ahead of Jos Buttler.

In his column in an English newspaper, the legendary leg spinner wrote, “When you try to restructure your side, you give opportunity to as many young players as you can. So, I can’t understand why somebody like Jos Buttler has not been selected. In the matches that he has played recently, Buttler has shown that he can be extremely dangerous when in form. So, he must have been there (in the team).”

“When I was a part of the Australian side, somebody like Adam Gilchrist was given the opportunity despite him not being a complete wicketkeeper and the reason behind that was his destructiveness as a batsman. The same can be applied to Buttler as well.”

Apart from Warne, some former English players too are unhappy with Buttler’s exclusion from the test side.