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Friday, 9 August 2019

Warne savages 'tired, impatient' England attack


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Cricket legend Shane Warne has slammed England's inability to deal with Steve Smith after the Australian single-handedly unravelled the hosts' first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.

After scoring a century in both innings of the first Test, the England bowlers had no answer for Smith who quickly took the match away from them in his stirring knocks at the crease.

While toppling the master batsmen is no small order, Warne was left jaded by England's attack who he blasted for their lack of gusto when attempting the crucial wicket.

"By the time he already got to forty in the first innings, they had already gone from Plan A to Plan Z," Warne told Maquarie Sports Radio.

Steve Smith leads Australia at Edgbaston

"They tried everything, they didn't have any patience whatsoever, or any type of plan.

"I think when any team reverts to bowling really wide of off-stump, and having a 7-2 field, you know they're basically waving the white flag.

"Because I think that's the worst tactic you can possibly have as a captain or a team."

Warne didn't hold much hope for England ahead of the second Test at Lord's either.

Steve Smith

The spin-king conceded that only a lively wicket looked likely to stop Smith if the hosts fail to identify a plan to deal with him, and fast.

"It will be interesting to see what they come up with at Lord's," he said.

"Obviously, if there's grass on the wicket and the ball is seaming around and swinging then it's pretty easy to have plans.

"But on flat wickets after the first few days, I don't see England having any plan whatsoever to Steve Smith."

It isn't all gloom for Joe Root's men though. The addition of Jofra Archer into England's attack for the second Test delighted Warne, who identified the quick as the real threat of deposing the Australian talisman by baiting him into risky play.

"I think you've got to get him to do something he doesn't want to do," he said.

Australia and England do battle in the second Ashes Test at Lord's getting underway on Wednesday.

Cricket legend Shane Warne has slammed England's inability to deal with Steve Smith after the Australian single-handedly unravelled the hosts' first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.

After scoring a century in both innings of the first Test, the England bowlers had no answer for Smith who quickly took the match away from them in his stirring knocks at the crease.

While toppling the master batsmen is no small order, Warne was left jaded by England's attack who he blasted for their lack of gusto when attempting the crucial wicket.

"By the time he already got to forty in the first innings, they had already gone from Plan A to Plan Z," Warne told Maquarie Sports Radio.

Steve Smith leads Australia at Edgbaston

"They tried everything, they didn't have any patience whatsoever, or any type of plan.

"I think when any team reverts to bowling really wide of off-stump, and having a 7-2 field, you know they're basically waving the white flag.

"Because I think that's the worst tactic you can possibly have as a captain or a team."

Warne didn't hold much hope for England ahead of the second Test at Lord's either.

Steve Smith

The spin-king conceded that only a lively wicket looked likely to stop Smith if the hosts fail to identify a plan to deal with him, and fast.

"It will be interesting to see what they come up with at Lord's," he said.

"Obviously, if there's grass on the wicket and the ball is seaming around and swinging then it's pretty easy to have plans.

"But on flat wickets after the first few days, I don't see England having any plan whatsoever to Steve Smith."

It isn't all gloom for Joe Root's men though. The addition of Jofra Archer into England's attack for the second Test delighted Warne, who identified the quick as the real threat of deposing the Australian talisman by baiting him into risky play.

"I think you've got to get him to do something he doesn't want to do," he said.

Australia and England do battle in the second Ashes Test at Lord's getting underway on Wednesday.

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