Former Australia spinner Shane Warne has lashed out at Tim Paine and Nathan Lyon for their tactics on day five of the ongoing Test against India in Brisbane. The legendary spinner was not at all impressed with the way the Australia skipper and the spin spearhead’s decisions on the field, especially against Cheteshwar Pujara.
Chasing 328, India were off to a poor start as Rohit Sharma departed cheaply. However, the visitors quickly recovered and ended the session without losing any more wicket with Shubman Gill and Pujara holding firm. During the session, Gill also went on to complete his fifty while Pujara looked rock solid as usual.
And as the Australian team failed to make any impact with the ball against Gill and Pujara, Shane Warne lashed out at their tactics. The former spinner, who was on commentary duties, vented his frustrations over Paine and Lyon not opting for a player in his eye-line close to the bat. With Lyon bowling over the wicket, Australia had just a sole man under the bat on the leg side, but left the silly point region vacant.
“I just cannot believe it, after everything with the last series and this series and how he has bowled to Pujara with a bat-pad on the off-side, he looks a completely different player,” Shane Warne said on Fox Cricket.
“What sort of conversations have they had with no bat-pad to start with this morning? I’m in shock. I’ve been disappointed with some of the tactics from the Australians this series, but this doesn’t make any sense whatsoever as well. I just cannot explain why he hasn’t got one,” added a frustrated Shane Warne.
Shane Warne’s fellow commentator and former Australia batsman Mark Waugh agreed with his former teammate too and called such a field placement annoying.
“It’s really annoying me watching this. There’s so many men on the leg-side (instead), surely you can do away with one of those,” he said.