Shane Warne insists Australia Test team is 'ordinary' after Pakistan series defeat

Sport360 staff 10:59 23/10/2018
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Australia were soundly beaten in Abu Dhabi

Shane Warne has described Australia’s Test side as ‘ordinary’, who needed a ‘kick up the backside’ after losing the series against Pakistan.

The Baggy Greens were beaten by a comprehensive 373 runs in the second Test in Abu Dhabi after salvaging a draw in the opening Test in Dubai.

“It’s been pretty ordinary, hasn’t it?” the Australian spin legend said.

“We all support the Aussie side as we do but they need a kick up the backside at the moment because they’re not performing well.”

The 49-year-old blasted Mitchell Marsh and was baffled as to why he was appointed vice-captain. Marsh only scored 40 runs in his four innings with his highest score just 13.

“I hadn’t even thought before that series that he had established himself in the team,” Warne added.

“I don’t think he’s cemented a spot and that’s why it was a strange selection for me as vice-captain.

Strong words: Shane Warne

Strong words: Shane Warne

“He only averages 25 or 26 in Test cricket.”

But he said he was a “huge fan” of the Marsh brothers Mitchell and Shaun but they need to deliver.

“Mitchell Marsh needs to go and make some runs,” he added. “If Mitchell Marsh comes out and makes some hundreds, pick him. If Shaun Marsh makes some hundreds, pick him. If they don’t, then pick the guys who are in form.”

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