Warne slams 'faulty' selectors

Australian cricketer Shane Warne spoke to EWN about the challenges facing his national side.

Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Australian cricket legend Shane Warne was in Cape Town on Tuesday and had some interesting insights into the inner workings of Australian cricket.

Following another defeat to India on Monday, Warne pointed the finger firmly in the direction of the Australian cricketing administration.

"When you're playing in a team that's not performing well, there's always going to be some issues. The core issue is that the right people aren't playing, so it's the selection process that's at fault".

The 43-year old also suggested that former Proteas coach Mickey Arthur and Australian captain Michael Clarke are not the only parties to blame for the team's poor form.

"I think people look for scapegoats when things don't well. Whoever that should be, I'm not sure. For me, it's not the coach or the captain, it's the selectors. I'd look at the selectors before I look at anybody else. I don't think we're getting the right players on the park."

Australia's poor form started in November when Greame Smith's side won their second consecutive series on Australian soil.

Clarke's team followed that up with a clean sweep against perennially poor tourists, Sri Lanka, only to have the rug pulled from underneath them once they reached Indian shores late in February.

The Australian team has been outplayed at every occasion and Warne suggests that players can also take responsibility.

Australia and England will battle it out for the Ashes in July and Warne gives Australia a very slim outside chance of winning the tournament.

"At the moment I don't think Australia will win. If England lose or pick up a couple of injuries and lose a result here, then Australia might win".

"An Ashes series always brings out the best in Australian and English players. If Australia gets the right team on the park, they could surprise England because England might get a bit complacent. At this stage though, I think the English are the favourites."