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Cuts shouldn't stop with Katich - Warne

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 9, 2011

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Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting search for answers on a forgettable day for Australia, Bangladesh v Australia, 1st Test, Fatullah, April 9, 2006
"Don't hang onto the older guys in there, say 'we're in transition, give us a bit of time', but have 35 or 37-year-olds still playing Test cricket or one day cricket" Hamish Blair / © Getty Images
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Shane Warne has said the Australian selectors should not have stopped with Simon Katich when they chose to remove ageing players from the list of Cricket Australia contracts.

After Katich decided whether or not to continue playing and announced he would speak about his future at the SCG on Friday, Warne argued that other players - namely the 30-something trio of former captain Ricky Ponting, the middle-order batsman Mike Hussey and the wicketkeeper Brad Haddin - should also be making way.

"Katich losing his contract was a bit disappointing because I think he's been a true performer for a while. But I understand the logic of leaving him out," Warne told the radio station Triple M.

"The one thing about Cricket Australia I would say, and the current [group]; if you're going to say you're in transition, I think for the fans and the public and everyone out there who wants to support the Australian cricket team, let's see some youngsters in there.

"Don't hang on to the older guys in there, say 'we're in transition, give us a bit of time', but have 35 or 37-year-olds still playing Test cricket or one-day cricket. Get them in there, to get some experience and say 'we're in transition'.

"Let's stop sliding down to No. 5 in the world; [if] we keep playing the same players but saying 'we're in transition', it doesn't work."

Warne's sentiments were pointed in their direction at the likes of Ponting and Hussey, and also an indication that he would like to see the new captain Michael Clarke granted the chance to build his own team.

Katich, meanwhile, has taken time to reach his decision, which may involve cricket irrespective of whether or not he decides to play on. Paul Marsh, the chief executive of the Australian Cricketers' Association, has said that for Katich to be lost to Australian cricket altogether would be "a bad outcome" for the game.

Katich has, however, found support in former Australia opener Michael Slater, who unlike Warne, felt that Katich's age was irrelevant given his consistent performance. "I think he has been appallingly hung ... If his replacement (Phil Hughes) came in scoring hundreds and was red hot, then I can understand an injury stopping someone in their mid-30s," Slater told the Daily Telegraph. "But that clearly hasn't happened.

"The system that is being reviewed at the moment around the country, what are they reviewing? The first thing they should be reviewing is the selectors and the selection process and I'd start with the chairman of selectors."

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Posted by Lancastrian on (June 10, 2011, 21:37 GMT)

I think Shane Warne is entitled to his opinion, but he is wrong. The greatness of Australia's dominance in the late 1990s to mid 2000s was that the veterans were able to bring the youngsters through. The balance was right and no-one could catch up. In 2011, the quality is not the same and Australia have been brought back to the field. It would be folly at this stage to ditch the likes of Ponting, Hussey, Haddin and Katich because the talent pool isn't good enough yet to put these proven match-winners out to grass. Rather than looking at a batting line-up that is still very capable of putting together good scores on the wickets of the world, they need to look at an attack, which over a number of tests, has not perormed consistently enough to make sure that both England and South Africa have been kept at bay.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 18:54 GMT)

Warnie, mate, i've got to disagree. A blend of youth and experience is vital and Hussey, Katich, and Lee (in limited overs internationals) could have been that experience. Ponting, and possibly Haddin, should have got the axe. If Katich has to be re-contracted, he would have to wait a year and that would just be a backward step. The selectors have to move on with what they have now. They need to get Khawaja in and make him open, if they are looking for consistency. It won't be the first time that a number 3 or middle order batsman has been made to open; in fact, it seems to have worked really well in the past as long as the player is high quality, which Khawaja is. The Aussie first XI should now be (in batting order): Watson, Khawaja, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Paine, Smith/Hauritz, Johnson, Harris, Siddle, Bollinger.

Posted by elsmallo on (June 10, 2011, 18:33 GMT)

Warne's capable of opening his mouth without thinking at times but he's shrewd too and this is a shrewd moment. Yeah he played himself into his late 30's then IPL and awful facelift blah blah but he was one of the all-time greats and I can't remember anyone else knocking on his door. Ponting is not of the same class, neither Katich who never impressed against England. I'd possibly keep Hussey and Haddin. It's not so much an age thing as about creating space for a new side and a new era. These guys have had their chance and should be grateful for it.

Posted by rohanbala on (June 10, 2011, 13:31 GMT)

Shane Warne should have stopped playing in the IPL long ago before talking about action to be taken on Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey and Brad Haddin on the lines adopted by the selectors in the case of Simon Katich. Everyone knows why Shane Warne wants to play in the IPL!

Posted by landl47 on (June 10, 2011, 12:31 GMT)

The point that Warne was making and that a lot of people are missing is that Australia are losing to the better teams.In the last 12 months the only team they've beaten in a series is Bangladesh. They've lost to India in India, Sri Lanka in Australia and been thrashed by England in Australia. Their World Cup ended in the quarter-finals after winning it three times in a row. The comparisons with the Australia of 2006 or India now are not valid because those teams were and are winning. When your team isn't winning, the existing players aren't getting the job done and something has to be changed. Players that are only going to decline should be replaced. It probably means a few years in the wilderness, but eventually the new guard will come through. I don't often agree with Warne, but this time he's right.

Posted by Gizza on (June 10, 2011, 11:47 GMT)

Lot of commentors think Warne was serious about these cuts. He's not (so Warne is definitely not a sore loser of anything). You can tell he was being sarcastic/exaggerating if you followed what he said on twitter and on his official website.

Posted by fallschirmjaeger on (June 10, 2011, 11:47 GMT)

all i would say is let the aussies mess themselves up more. every nation has to ruin itself for others to go ahead. look at windies. now its aussies. no sweat. lets make hay when sun shines ;)

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 9:54 GMT)

Totally retarded I mean, just look at Tendulkar He'z in the 40'S and India aren't complete without him

Posted by Charindra on (June 10, 2011, 9:39 GMT)

Wow... Wonder how Warne would have felt if he was dropped when he reached 35??? I think he's still bitter about losing captaincy to Ponting. And let's face it, Warne would never have been that successful with a senior team as he was with club or county sides. He can handle youngsters, but senior pros need different man mangement skills.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 8:18 GMT)

what is the hype about age. I think age does not matter when one is performing. Look at Sanath Jaysuria who at the age of 38 was performing like a youngster. Now he is almost 42 and the selctors have selected him to play ODI and T.20. I think all these glorification about blooding youngsters is going to back fire and the number 1 and 2 teams are going to go further down the ranking if we are overzealous in selecting young players. India is proving to be a formidable force even without the stars and this augurs well for the future of INDIAN CRICKET. We should applaud the decision of Tendulkar who wanted to take a break. At this age, he knows he cannot overstretch himself and thus the chance for youngsters to shine. This should be the policy of Australi and other teams and the more established players should be sparingly used and give a chance to the youngsters. If Sachin, and other senior players were available, Kohli, Raina and Badri would not have got their chances

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