'Glenn just needs a bit of bowling'

Warne stands up for old team-mates

Cricinfo staff

October 24, 2006

Text size: A | A

Shane Warne is having no trouble staying in shape at age 37 © Getty Images

Shane Warne has defended his Test team-mates against age-related problems and says Glenn McGrath should not be written off ahead of the Ashes. Australia's older batsmen have been targeted by Dennis Lillee as concerns ahead of the summer while Geoff Lawson and Ian Chappell have questioned McGrath's future after his slow comeback during the Champions Trophy.

"The age only comes into it if you are not performing," Warne, who is 37, was reported by AFP. "We've performed pretty well, this group of players, for a period of time. Since the Ashes we've won 11 out of 12 Tests so I think we've been performing okay."

Warne was speaking at the Australian launch of his book Shane Warne, My Illustrated Career and said McGrath "just needs a bit of bowling". "I think Glenn McGrath's had a fair bit of time out," he said. "I wouldn't be writing Glenn McGrath off, he's a champion and I think Australia need Glenn McGrath."

The selectors decided McGrath's best chance of reaching peak form during the Ashes was to bring him back through the Champions Trophy and last month's Malaysia tri-series. However, McGrath has been below his best in matches against West Indies and England over the past week. Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell struck 27 from his first four overs on Sunday before he improved in the latter stages to take 2 for 36.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Email Feedback Print
ESPNcricinfo staffClose
Country Fixtures Country Results
3rd Test: Australia v India at Melbourne - Dec 26-30
Australia 530 India 462/8
Heat v Melb Stars at Brisbane - Dec 28
Heat 164/8 Melb Stars 66/4 (11/20 ov)
Syd Sixers v Scorchers at Sydney
Dec 29, 2014 (19:10 local | 08:10 GMT | 03:10 EST | 02:10 CST | 00:10 PST)
Melb Reneg v Syd Thunder at Melbourne (Docklands)
Dec 30, 2014 (19:10 local | 08:10 GMT | 03:10 EST | 02:10 CST | 00:10 PST)
Strikers v Hurricanes at Adelaide
Dec 31, 2014 (18:40 local | 08:10 GMT | 03:10 EST | 02:10 CST | 00:10 PST)
Complete fixtures » | Download Fixtures »
News | Features Last 3 days
News | Features Last 3 days