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Friday, 23 November 2018

Warne hits back at Khawaja criticism


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A fired-up Shane Warne has hit back at Australian batsman Usman Khawaja after Khawaja called out ex-players for their criticism of Australia's current team. 

Khawaja raised eyebrows while on commentary for Fox Cricket during the first Twenty20 against India as he defended modern-day cricket shots such as the ramp and the reverse sweep, but Warne dismissed Khawaja's opinion.

"I was listening the other night and he said sometimes us older players don't understand about the modern day player and the innovation," Warne said on commentary during the second Twenty20.

"I don’t think any of us from yesteryear watching the modern day player from any country mind innovation. I think it’s fantastic.

"But I don’t want to see them use that as an excuse for when it doesn’t work and they’ve used it at the wrong time."

The spin king suggested that young players like Khawaja should have better discretion when attempting lavish strokes rather than using them at inopportune times.

"What disappoints me is they say ‘that’s the way I play’. I reckon that’s a cop out. I reckon that’s an excuse," Warne said.

"I’m all for innovation and trying things and putting the bowler off and all those things. But I think there’s a time and a place to use them.

"When your team’s under pressure and you’re trying to reverse lap and all these really difficult shots in a tough situation - I think you’ve got to go back to basics and build a partnership.

"If you do it no matter the situation, I think that’s reckless. I think it’s a cop out to say that’s the way I play."

Australia currently holds a 1-0 lead in the three-match series and will hope to complete the series win when the two sides clash at the SCG on Sunday.

A fired-up Shane Warne has hit back at Australian batsman Usman Khawaja after Khawaja called out ex-players for their criticism of Australia's current team. 

Khawaja raised eyebrows while on commentary for Fox Cricket during the first Twenty20 against India as he defended modern-day cricket shots such as the ramp and the reverse sweep, but Warne dismissed Khawaja's opinion.

"I was listening the other night and he said sometimes us older players don't understand about the modern day player and the innovation," Warne said on commentary during the second Twenty20.

"I don’t think any of us from yesteryear watching the modern day player from any country mind innovation. I think it’s fantastic.

"But I don’t want to see them use that as an excuse for when it doesn’t work and they’ve used it at the wrong time."

The spin king suggested that young players like Khawaja should have better discretion when attempting lavish strokes rather than using them at inopportune times.

"What disappoints me is they say ‘that’s the way I play’. I reckon that’s a cop out. I reckon that’s an excuse," Warne said.

"I’m all for innovation and trying things and putting the bowler off and all those things. But I think there’s a time and a place to use them.

"When your team’s under pressure and you’re trying to reverse lap and all these really difficult shots in a tough situation - I think you’ve got to go back to basics and build a partnership.

"If you do it no matter the situation, I think that’s reckless. I think it’s a cop out to say that’s the way I play."

Australia currently holds a 1-0 lead in the three-match series and will hope to complete the series win when the two sides clash at the SCG on Sunday.

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