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WATCH | Australia's Domestic System Has Lost its Strength: Warne

GK: Let’s talk about Australian cricket. How do you view the Australian team at the moment and Australian cricket in general? Do you believe there will be a long period in which fans have to get used to middling results?

SW: I think we have got a lot of talented cricketers in Australia, I think though at the moment there is a bit of a mindset of the player making sure that he is okay. I want to see back to the Australian team, all walking out and being together. I think there are a lot of people playing for their spots. I think our one-day cricket side could win the World Cup. I think England and India go in as favorites, I think they are the two best sides in it. But if Australia pick the right team, I still think they have got a team that could win the World Cup. They have got some very talented players there but I worry a little bit, I think our domestic system has lost its strength.

Sheffield Shield was always the strongest first-class cricket because the international players always played. It was tough, it was hard and everyone wanted to play Sheffield Shield cricket. At the moment I think the authorities, the cricket board are disrespecting and degrading Shield cricket with players bowling one innings and pulling them out of the rest of the match. Cricket Australia have to get back and say what is important. At the moment I think white ball cricket is more important than Test cricket. Big Bash, they wanted 72 games, I think they settled on 59. So, to me I want Cricket Australia to come out and say Test cricket is our number one priority, and stop being greedy with T20 cricket and start getting back to making sure Shield cricket is important and Test cricket is important.

GK: Because at the time you played Shane, there could have been an alternative Australian eleven that could have contested against the best teams in the world and probably won. There were several batsmen averaging in their late 40s, early 50s who never made the Test squad or didn't get enough game time?

SW: I think there was one year when we played Australia, Australia A and England was the third side and the final was between Australia and Australia A and the crowd was on Australia A's side. The Australia A side was something like Mathew Hayden, Jimmy Maher, Ricky Ponting, Stuart Law, Darren Lehmann, Michael Bevan, Paul Reiffel, and Damien Fleming. That was a pretty good side, the Australian A side and there were still players who were missing out, Brad Hodge, those guys couldn't get in that side either. So yeah, we were very strong in the early to mid-90s, sort of that 90s.



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