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India vs Australia | Warne Slams Australia's 'Ridiculous' ODI Selections for India Series

“When you’re picking this team you want to look at some players you are interested in, but you’ve also got to look at those players with the World Cup in mind and the conditions you’re going to have in England."

Cricketnext Staff |January 4, 2019, 11:09 AM IST
India vs Australia | Warne Slams Australia's 'Ridiculous' ODI Selections for India Series

Shane Warne has slammed Australia's 'ridiculous selections' for the One-Day International series against India, saying the selectors should keep in mind the conditions in which the World Cup will be played.

Australia's selectors announced a 14-member squad on Friday (January 4), recalling Usman Khawaja, Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon while leaving out the likes of D'Arcy Short and Chris Lynn.

Warne took to twitter to come up with his own preferred squad.

The former Australian legspinner then elaborated on his picks to Fox Sports, saying Short had done nothing wrong to be left out. Short has played four ODIs with a highest score of 47*, and is in fine form in the Big Bash League with two half-centuries from four matches.

“I cannot believe that D’Arcy Short has been left out of the side,” Warne said. “I don’t know what he’s done wrong. He can bowl and his batting at the top is dynamic. He’s in terrific form, and he and Finch make an awesome partnership at the top.

“When you’re picking this team you want to look at some players you are interested in, but you’ve also got to look at those players with the World Cup in mind and the conditions you’re going to have in England. Those conditions are going to be flat wickets that will probably spin a bit, so you need clever bowlers and you need some bowlers with pace. And they’re little grounds. So a mixture of power hitting and people that can bat time; you need that right combination.”

Warne said it was unfair on Peter Handscomb to be named in the Australian sides despite poor form. Handscomb was left out for Mitchell Marsh in the third Test against India in Melbourne, but made a return to the XI for Sydney, and also finds a place in the one-day squad.

“I don’t think it’s fair on Peter to keep putting him out into the international arena, even for the Sydney Test match here,” he said. “Whether he makes 100 or 200, it’s still not the right selection or the right message that you’re sending to the rest of first-class cricketers.

“To say you haven’t got a technique that’s good enough for international cricket and you’re dropped, just like last year, and then you put him back in again a week later. It doesn’t make any sense.”

Warne picked Khawaja in his list of 14, but said he preferred Alex Carey at No. 3.

“I would have liked to see them go with a bit more youth and a bit more pace with the ball in (Riley) Meredith and (James) Pattinson to add to Jhye Richardson, I think those three are very good," Warne said. “I think Behrendorff with his left arm is okay, but I think there’s better options.

“Lynn is there if you need a bit more power at the top, then I’ve got Nathan Lyon that I’d like to see with the white ball as well at some stage.”

Australia's 14-man squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitch Marsh, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa

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