Australian will face a stern test in Sydney: WarneDecember 31st, 2008 - 7:50 pm ICT by IANS
Melbourne, Dec 31 (IANS) A member of the Australian cricket’s invincible era, Shane Warne believes the present team will face an acid test after their series loss to South Africa.Warne said one of the biggest challenges facing the Australian players was team harmony as they worried about their own Test careers.
“The real team spirit will be tested. You’ve got to not get insular and not just worry about your own game,” Warne was quoted as saying in the Herald Sun.
“The series is gone and they are going to be under pressure. South Africa have copped some beatings here before, but they have really deserved to win. They have been the best side,” Warne said.
“South Africa have won the big moments and that has been the major difference in this series compared to others.”
Team unity became an issue during Australia’s 2005 Ashes loss and the fading No.1 ranked Test side has been told it needs to bond or perish.
There have been signs this series that Australian players have started to turn on each other, with skipper Ricky Ponting heavily criticised for his body language in Perth.
Ponting faced more captaincy questions when he did not open the bowling with main strike weapon Mitchell Johnson, preferring the injured Brett Lee and rookie Peter Siddle.