Legendary leg spinner and former Australian player – Shane Warne has tagged the current lot of the Australian batsmen as the “worst” that he has ever seen, but has also praised Aaron Finch’s performance with the bat in the first Test against Pakistan and even believes that he could lead the team on a certain day.
“We need them,” Warne said.
“I think Australia’s batting at the moment is the worst I have seen it.
“I hope they stick with Aaron Finch and he continues to makes some runs, he’s someone that could captain the side.”
While speaking on the stability David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, and Steve Smith will offer after their return from suspension this is what Shane Warne had to say.
“It takes time and they are going to need to earn the respect of the cricket community from around the world,” he said.
“They need to get back the respect of the Australian public and that will only take time. It depends on how they come back and conduct themselves.
“But if they come back and make some hundreds then all will be forgotten and we’ll be saying how much we missed them.
“Warner and Smith will definitely get back in Bancroft too and if you add them to (Usman) Khawaja and Shaun Marsh the batting line-up looks a lot better.”
Australia had got off to good start in the first innings, with Finch and Khawaja both getting their fifties and contributing in making Australia’s total reach 142 runs for no loss. But, it all went downhill from that moment onwards as the Aussies got bundled out for 202 – with the rest of the batsman scoring a total of just 60 runs.
The baggy green’s will now have to bat their skins out in the second innings as they’re on 136 for the loss of 3 wickets – with 326 runs needed for a win, and 90 overs of day’s play for a draw.
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