Shane Warne criticises India's refusal to play day-night Test during Australia tour

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Warne is disappointed by India's refusal to play a day-night Test at Adelaide.

Australia legend Shane Warne has expressed his disappointment at India’s refusal to play a day-night Test during their tour of Australia later this year.

“It’s such a shame India is not doing that. The ICC should help in that area. Everyone bows to what India want, so it’s disappointing they said they don’t want a day-night Test,” Warne told Fox Sports.

“If we want Test cricket to be around for a long time, then we need to try things like this. India might love it, who knows? The Indians then can do it over at their home and they might start loving Test cricket again. It’s very disappointing that India decided not to do a day-night Test,” he added.

Warne, who joined Fox Sports commentary panel in a lucrative deal, also expressed hope in new coach Justin Langer stabilising the team following the ball-tampering debacle which marred Australian cricket.

“I’m not sure there were team culture problems but I have noticed there is a lot of whingeing coming out of the Australian camp in recent times, about the opposition and things like that. I think that’s un-Australian, I have never really heard any Australian sides do that,” Warne said upon becoming the latest addition to Fox Sports’ cricket coverage team.

Warne has also criticised Australia's dressing room culture in recent times.

Warne has also criticised Australia’s dressing room culture in recent times.

The 48-year-old also suggested that Test skipper Tim Paine is not a long-term option for Australia and that they will need to look elsewhere for the skipper’s role pretty soon.

“I’d say it to Gilly (Adam Gilchrist) face to face, I don’t think keepers make good captains. I think they make good deputies and are fantastic vice-captains to bounce off to set the standard of fielding,” Ware said.

“I don’t think Paine is a long-term option – even though he’s done a great job in the short time he’s been there – but right now we just need to take stock. We have Justin Langer doing all forms, which is great. Eventually, I think that will branch out to a red ball and white ball coach, and we may have different captains in different forms of cricket. At the moment it’s about trusting the Australian cricket team again,” he added.

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