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Boxing Day Test: Shane Warne blasts Australia bowlers, reveals startling statistics

first_imgAustralian cricket fans, the media and experts have largely blamed the team’s batsmen as the reason behind their defeats against India in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series but legendary spinner Shane Warne thinks the bowlers are equally to be blamed for the downfall.Warne came down hard on the Aussie pacers, especially Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, for their failure to take wickets up front with the new ball and later on with the older ball this year in particular.Warne also had the relevant statistics to back up his claims as he analysed Australia’s performance in the Boxing Day Test, which the hosts lost by 137 runs against India, who took an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the four-match series on Sunday.”I put my CSI forensic hat on and in 2018 Australia have won three Tests and the numbers for bat and ball don’t lie.”Australia have only made 300 once in those Test matches. The bowlers who we all keep saying is one of the best attacks in the world are struggling as well.”The opposition seem to be making big first innings scores. So it’s all fine to blame the batsmen and yes they need to get a lot better, but the numbers for bowlers are quite interesting,” Warne, who is a part of Fox Sports’ expert panel, said on air.Thoughts out of Melb. The Boxing Day test should be a – D/N match next year. Pat Cummins is the all rounder Aust are looking for & is a future Aust Capt. Also, It’s not just the batting that needs serious attention, the bowling stats for 2018 aren’t good. In-depth column comingadvertisementShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 30, 2018Warne then went on to back up his criticism with statistics as he revealed the wickets and averages of the Australian bowlers against the opposition’s top-six batsmen since the past year.”The opposition number 1-6 batsmen when we are bowling has Mitchell Starc with 17 wickets in 10 Test matches at an average of 47. Josh Hazlewood has 18 wickets at 40. Nathan Lyon 29 wickets at 43. Pat Cummins 30 wickets at 23.”So if you lose a toss and the opposition decide to bat and you have to try and knock them over, our new ball bowlers in Starc and Hazlewood are averaging 47 and 40. That’s not very good at all and it is not good enough.”At times when the bowlers have done well and knocked a side over, Australia have actually made over 300 in the first innings.”But when the opposition have made 346, 488, 482, 443, 386 and I could keep going, that puts a lot of scoreboard pressure on our batsmen. “The pressure is on to come out and make a decent score to try and not give up a big lead,” Warne analysed.Also Read | Devastated by reactions to my comments, didn’t meant to insult Indian cricketers: Kerry O’KeeffeAlso Read | Virat Kohli gives away his pads to young fan at MCG after Boxing Day Test winAlso Read | Tim Paine cries foul after Australia lose: We served India pitches that suit themlast_img read more