Cricket world waits for Warne
Shane Warne with friend and former St Kilda footballer Aaron Hamill at the Australian Open. Photo: Getty Images
Apologies re article not done done by 3pm today, want to get it right.. 5pm will be uploaded... shanewarne.com— Shane Warne (@warne888) January 30, 2013
AS THE Ashes banter simmers in response to Shane Warne’s attack on Australian cricket chiefs, the cricket community awaits his promised blueprint for how the game should be run.
Warne’s outburst on Twitter, in which he said captain Michael Clarke needed current cricket people around him rather than "muppets", received prominent coverage in England and sparked a response from former England batsman Allan Lamb.
"Buddy ashes coming up so no excuses about your team. So will leave you to sort out the top brass!!! Good luck" Lamb said on Twitter.
Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland strenuously defended former rugby international and team performance boss Pat Howard, and invited Warne to air his grievances in person.
The former leg-spinning champion’s criticism of Australia’s selection and player management systems illustrated Cricket Australia’s image problem as many former players and members of the public rail against the concept of shifting players in and out of the national teams to protect them from injury.
In particular, elements of the cricket community have failed to embrace the influence of sports science on selections.
The selectors have been at pains to insist they are armed with information about injury risk when they pick teams but are not governed by it.
Former Australian allrounder Simon O’Donnell tweeted in response to Warne: "luv the passion bud. Emotion is our most powerful tool in a contest. Science roll (sic) is no substitute for emotional engagement."
Warne, who was competing in a Poker event at Crown Casino, on Tuesday promised to publish a manifesto on the state of Australian cricket, how to fix it and who should be in charge within 24 hours.
''Australian cricket is in disarray & in my opinion people are hoping Australian cricket will turn around lack of a plan & a cricket strategy. I have not spoken to anyone I suggest for these roles, it's just my opinion as I think all of us who love Australian cricket have had enough," he tweeted.