Australia lacking in tactical acumen: Warne

January 1st, 2009 - 9:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Jan 1 (IANS) In a veiled attack on Ricky Ponting’s captaincy, spin legend Shane Warne has said that Australian team lacked imagination and tactical thinking in the ongoing series against South Africa.”There needs to be more imagination and flair in tactics with getting people out,” Warne wrote in his column in Daily Telegraph.

“The bowlers just can’t bowl line and length all day and hope that the batsmen lose patience and chase one. They need to have the ability to bowl a hostile spell like Merv Hughes or Glenn McGrath,” Warne wrote.

“I think there is too much emphasis on containment and protecting runs rather than attacking and trying to take wickets.”

Warne claimed he was not “shocked or surprised” by South Africa’s stirring series victory and said Australia’s renowned domestic cricket structure would now face an acid test.

“We all have to accept that teams have learnt a lot from Australian sides and become better. Every facet of Australian cricket needs to be addressed, and now is the time, before it gets too late,” Warne said.

Australia’s old foes have been quick to jump on their cricket grave with former England coach Duncan Fletcher blasting both skipper Ricky Ponting and selection boss Andrew Hilditch.

“They like to joke about whingeing Poms but I did not hear many positive vibes coming from the Aussie dressing room,” Fletcher wrote.

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