Australia’s batting lineup is as weak as I’ve seen in a long time, says Shane Warne
"Australian cricket at the moment is struggling."
Updated - Oct 6, 2018 5:49 pm
Cricket Australia is currently witnessing an all-time low. One of the most dominant and intimidating team until the end of the first decade of the 21st century, the current cricketing standards are nowhere near. The team lost 12 out of the last 15 Tests that it has played. They won two and drew one game in the remaining three games.
The Aussies will be now up against the Pakistan team in the UAE for a full-fledged tour. It will commence with a two-match Test series beginning on October 7. This series is a crucial one for both the teams as they have got their own sets of problems that are to be addressed. Just before the Test series begins, Aussie legendary spinner Shane Warne said that this is the weakest lineup he has seen in quite a while now.
Shane Warne feels that Australia has got good bowling lineup
While Warne expressed no concerns with the ball, he felt that the batting is fragile in Smith and Warner’s absence. The leg-spinner added that the bowling lineup is fantastic and told that the reserves are good. Earlier, the above-mentioned duo along with Cameron Bancroft was banned for one year and nine months respectively after the ball-tampering saga.
“Australian cricket at the moment is struggling. I think we’ve got a fantastic bowling unit, I think we’ve got good reserves, good back-up, but our batting is as weak as I’ve seen it for a long, long time,” the 49-year-old told Omnisport.
“Especially, with probably two of the top five batsmen in the world, in David Warner and Steve Smith, being banned for 12 months, it weakens our batting even more. Australia revolves around Smith and Warner so much. To not have those guys, it looks like probably [Usman] Khawaja and Shaun Marsh will be our two leading batsmen and carrying the workload of the batters,” he told while talking about the banned duo.
Shane Warne concluded by saying that this, however, gives an opportunity to some of the young players. He said that these players could stamp in their authority and play for a long time.