Cricket icon tees off on Marsh elevation

AUSTRALIAN cricket looked second rate at best during a horrific series in the UAE against Pakistan, and Shane Warne was highly critical of the displays while watching on.

After the series came to an end, the cricketing legend continued to prod the lacklustre team over some “interesting” selection choices.

The spin king called for up to seven changes to the Aussie side following Australia’s 373-run walloping in Abu Dhabi.

On several occasions the Australian batting line-up collapsed in drastic circumstances and left

any hopes of a win in tatters.

Only on one occasion did the side score over 300 runs in an innings which occurred in the second innings of the first Test when the team fought out a gallant draw.

The second Test was a bleak display with the bag as both innings failed to eclipse 170 runs.

Australia’s collapses throughout the Test series piled up.

During the first innings of the first Test, debutant Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja got the side off to an ideal start at 0/142.

Then it all fell apart as the team was skittled and back in the sheds all out for 202. 10 wickets gone for only 60 runs.

Mitch Marsh’s elevation to vice-captain left many puzzled.Source:Getty Images

Two separate mini collapses took placed during the second innings with the side losing three wickets for zero runs before another three wickets fell later for the addition of only two runs.

The dismal displays weren’t over with just yet as the final collapse took place during the final innings of the series, once again after a promising start.

Australia capitulated and lost all hope of salvaging another draw when they lost four wickets for only seven runs.

It was from those horror showings that lead Warne to predict his Test side with a host of changes to the batting order.

Test side take 2 ! Thoughts followers ?

Finch (c)
Renshaw
Khawaja
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Maxwell
Paine (wk)
Stoinis
Cummins
Starc
Lyon
Hazlewood

But the legend wasn’t done there and spoke about the dismal showings ahead of a round of golf on Monday.

“It’s been pretty ordinary hasn’t it,” Warne said.

“We all support the Aussie side like we do, but they need a kick up the backside at the moment because they’re not performing well.”

Warne pointed the finger in the direction of the selectors and blasted the decision to anoint struggling all-rounder Mitch Marsh as the sides vice-captain.

“There were interesting selections, I was surprised that Mitchell Marsh was announced vice-captain,” Warne said.

“I haven’t thought even before that series he had established himself in the team. I think he’s done OK, but I don’t think he cemented a spot and that was a strange selection for me as vice-captain.

“He (Mitchell Marsh) needs to go and make some runs.”

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The Australian icon believes three spots in the team are up in the air and proposed a simple approach the selectors should be taking.

“I reckon there’s three-spots up for grabs (that’s 3,4,5), if Mitchell Marsh comes out and makes a couple of hundreds … pick him. If Shaun Marsh makes hundreds, pick him,” Warne said.

“But if they don’t then pick the guys that are in form.

“20 or 35, no matter how old they are. If you’re in form and you’re making hundreds, you play. I love what Shaun and Mitchell Marsh bring, but they need to perform.”

Australia play three ODI’s against Pakistan in Dubai before returning home to take on South Africa in three ODI’s plus a Twenty20 clash.

Then the main action gets underway when the number one Test side India roll into Australia for a five-Test series.

The opening Test gets underway on November 21 at The Gabba. With Warne calling for serious change, all eyes will divert to the selectors to see if they’ll make any sweeping changes.

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