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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Warne divides fans with Test XI picks


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Shane Warne has divided the cricket-loving public after sharing his picks for the Australian Test XI, notably dumping the Marsh brothers.

As the depleted Aussie squad battle it out in the second Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, Warne tweeted out some changes he'd like to see. 

"Thinking of my best test team before Warner & Smith return. What about this for a first up attempt?" Warne said, before sharing his draft selection.

https://twitter.com/ShaneWarne/status/1052860006448619520

After copping a bit of flack from his followers for leaving out Tim Paine for Alex Carey, Warne then revised his picks, also adding Matt Renshaw, Travis Head and Glenn Maxwell, dropping Shaun Marsh, and perplexing choices D'Arcy Short and Ashton Agar. Paine did not get the captaincy though, with Aaron Finch keeping the honour.

https://twitter.com/ShaneWarne/status/1052868271865655296

Marnus Labuschagne, Jon Holland and Peter Siddle were also omitted from his team, with Marcus Stoinis called upon in lieu of the Mitchell Marsh. 

Speaking on the Today Show Friday morning, Warne said the absence of David Warner and Steve Smith and the unconvincing form of the current Test side, means there is a chance for young players to step up like never before. 

"It's pretty hard when you take out your two best players in Warner and Smith," he said.

"If you said who the top five batsmen in the world, Warner and Smith would be in there. So when you take out that class it's hard to replace that and some of the players right now are just not performing. We all want to support the Australian side but they need to earn the respect back of the cricketing public around the world after what happened in South Africa. 

"I hope that some of the young players around the country at the moment can grab the opportunity with both hands because I think the Australian Test side is probably the most open it's been for a long, long time and if you perform well at a domestic level, and make some runs and get on a bit of a roll then you can find yourself in the green and gold."

Warne also opened up about some of the parts in his new tell-all book 'No Spin' about the cricketer's life, including his relationship with Liz Hurley and his relationship with his children amidst some much-publicised scandals during his career. 

"I've never pretended to be something I'm not and that's held me in good stead. I've always been honest, I've always been upfront. Yes I've made a lot of mistakes and some silly things along the way, I'm not a human headline though," Warne said.

"My son posted an amazing message that brought a tear to my eye on Instagram when he got the book and started reading it and he said it's great that people get to know the real Shane. 

"As a father we embarrass our children that's our job, I've embarrassed them sometimes when I shouldn't have but the main thing is we talk a lot about it.

"I might not have been the greatest husband at times but I've always been a great dad."

https://www.instagram.com/p/BogWgRVgoee/

Warne said he and Hurley are still "great mates" since their very public split. 

"We had a great time, we were engaged, we bought a house together. We were together for about four years," Warne said.

"Elizabeth treated my kids beautifully and they all enjoyed each other. All the kids got along well together.

"It's a shame how it all worked out. It wasn't anything that I did wrong or she did wrong, it's one of those things that it all got a bit too hard. But we're still in contact, we're still great mates, great friends and we will be forever."

Warne also said he once had a stern word with Hurley's best friend, actor Hugh Grant, about him visiting her when the former cricketer wasn't around, but denied he was ever jealous of their friendship.

"I don't know if jealous was the right word I used. They're best mates, Hugh and Elizabeth were best mates. We had dinners, we had drinks together," he said.

"The only thing I said in the book that was a bit weird and a bit odd, was that when I came back to Australia that Hugh would come down for the weekend and I said if Hugh wants to come down and spend the weekend that's fine, but just come down when I'm there because it's a little bit odd.

"We sorted it all out, everything was fine. I didn't put one on his chin, I just told him straight in no uncertain terms, let's put it that way."

Shane Warne has divided the cricket-loving public after sharing his picks for the Australian Test XI, notably dumping the Marsh brothers.

As the depleted Aussie squad battle it out in the second Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, Warne tweeted out some changes he'd like to see. 

"Thinking of my best test team before Warner & Smith return. What about this for a first up attempt?" Warne said, before sharing his draft selection.

https://twitter.com/ShaneWarne/status/1052860006448619520

After copping a bit of flack from his followers for leaving out Tim Paine for Alex Carey, Warne then revised his picks, also adding Matt Renshaw, Travis Head and Glenn Maxwell, dropping Shaun Marsh, and perplexing choices D'Arcy Short and Ashton Agar. Paine did not get the captaincy though, with Aaron Finch keeping the honour.

https://twitter.com/ShaneWarne/status/1052868271865655296

Marnus Labuschagne, Jon Holland and Peter Siddle were also omitted from his team, with Marcus Stoinis called upon in lieu of the Mitchell Marsh. 

Speaking on the Today Show Friday morning, Warne said the absence of David Warner and Steve Smith and the unconvincing form of the current Test side, means there is a chance for young players to step up like never before. 

"It's pretty hard when you take out your two best players in Warner and Smith," he said.

"If you said who the top five batsmen in the world, Warner and Smith would be in there. So when you take out that class it's hard to replace that and some of the players right now are just not performing. We all want to support the Australian side but they need to earn the respect back of the cricketing public around the world after what happened in South Africa. 

"I hope that some of the young players around the country at the moment can grab the opportunity with both hands because I think the Australian Test side is probably the most open it's been for a long, long time and if you perform well at a domestic level, and make some runs and get on a bit of a roll then you can find yourself in the green and gold."

Warne also opened up about some of the parts in his new tell-all book 'No Spin' about the cricketer's life, including his relationship with Liz Hurley and his relationship with his children amidst some much-publicised scandals during his career. 

"I've never pretended to be something I'm not and that's held me in good stead. I've always been honest, I've always been upfront. Yes I've made a lot of mistakes and some silly things along the way, I'm not a human headline though," Warne said.

"My son posted an amazing message that brought a tear to my eye on Instagram when he got the book and started reading it and he said it's great that people get to know the real Shane. 

"As a father we embarrass our children that's our job, I've embarrassed them sometimes when I shouldn't have but the main thing is we talk a lot about it.

"I might not have been the greatest husband at times but I've always been a great dad."

https://www.instagram.com/p/BogWgRVgoee/

Warne said he and Hurley are still "great mates" since their very public split. 

"We had a great time, we were engaged, we bought a house together. We were together for about four years," Warne said.

"Elizabeth treated my kids beautifully and they all enjoyed each other. All the kids got along well together.

"It's a shame how it all worked out. It wasn't anything that I did wrong or she did wrong, it's one of those things that it all got a bit too hard. But we're still in contact, we're still great mates, great friends and we will be forever."

Warne also said he once had a stern word with Hurley's best friend, actor Hugh Grant, about him visiting her when the former cricketer wasn't around, but denied he was ever jealous of their friendship.

"I don't know if jealous was the right word I used. They're best mates, Hugh and Elizabeth were best mates. We had dinners, we had drinks together," he said.

"The only thing I said in the book that was a bit weird and a bit odd, was that when I came back to Australia that Hugh would come down for the weekend and I said if Hugh wants to come down and spend the weekend that's fine, but just come down when I'm there because it's a little bit odd.

"We sorted it all out, everything was fine. I didn't put one on his chin, I just told him straight in no uncertain terms, let's put it that way."

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