Former Australia spinner Shane Warne inducted into MCC's world cricket committee

Sport360 staff 08:43 25/10/2018
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Shane Warne is the latest addition to the world cricket committee.

Former Australia spinner Shane Warne has joined the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Ricky Ponting and Kumar Sangakkara after being appointed to the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) world cricket committee.

The legendary Australia spinner replaces compatriot Rodney Marsh who is stepping down from the committee after a six-year tenure.

The MCC world cricket committee is an independent body comprised of former players and umpires established in 2006 which can prescribe changes to the sport’s existing laws. The committee meets twice a year to discuss the state of the game.

49-year-old Warne expressed his pride at being offered the role.

“It is an honour to have been asked to be a member,” the Aussie stated.

“It is an extremely exciting time for cricket and I hope that I will have plenty to offer in discussion and debate.”

Warne replaces Mike Gatting, the man he famously bowled.

Warne replaces Mike Gatting, the man he famously bowled.

Warne’s induction into the committee was welcomed by former England skipper Mike Gatting, the man who was famously bowled by the Australian spinner in what has become known as the ‘ball of the century’.

“We’re delighted to welcome Shane on to the committee,’ Gatting said.

“Obviously his profile in the world game is as big as they come and, with his extensive experience, I am sure he will offer great insights into many different facets of the game,” he added.

The committee also includes the likes of Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum and former Pakistan batsman Ramiz Raja.

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A bad day in the office for Finch and Australia.

Australia’s meek capitulation with the bat in the opening T20 against Pakistan on Wednesday has led skipper Aaron Finch to label the performance as a ‘car crash’.

The tourists were reduced to 22-6 in their chase of Pakistan’s 155-8 before being bowled out for 89 ultimately. Finch was dismissed for a duck by Imad Wasim who picked up 3-20 on his return to Pakistan’s T20 squad.

Taking full responsibility for Australia’s shambolic display, Finch bemoaned Australia’s display in the powerplay overs.

“That Powerplay was horrific…it was like a car crash in slow motion. Opening the batting, it’s my responsibility to get us off to a good start and set up the chase there,” Finch said after the game.

“I take full responsibility for that. I think any time that you’re chasing a total like that it’s important you have a solid start and for me to get out in the first over and not give us that was not good enough,” he added.

The right-hander promised changes in the batting department for the remainder of the three-match series.

“Absolutely they’ll be looking at changes,” he stated.

“I think all in all, our bowling performance was pretty good. Our fielding was slightly sloppy, then the batting was awful. Definitely when that happens, when you lose a game so badly, you have to look at everything.”

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Imad Wasim was thrilled that his hard work in training paid off as he produced a match-winning performance after sitting on the sidelines for so long.

The 29-year-old all-rounder donned the Pakistan jersey for the first time in more than a year after proving his fitness and some impressive domestic performances.

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“My hard work paid off. It is never easy to make a comeback,” he said. “I got unfit in the PSL and after that I could only play in Caribbean Premier League and I played some domestic matches.

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“Yes, definitely,” Finch said of Wasim’s burst. “Three of those wickets came in the powerplay and that was a huge momentum shift. I thought the way we bowled in the end of the innings gave us momentum and we executed really well under pressure. But to go two down in the first over, Wasim definitely got the upper hand in that.”

Having been set a target of 156, Finch fancied his team’s chances of victory at the innings break. But as the opening batsmen and skipper, he felt he let his side down in a ‘car crash’ start.

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