STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Warne Backs Misfiring Clarke to Regain Form

Shane Warne today said he was concerned about Australia\'s batting but backed struggling skipper Michael Clarke to score heavily this summer season

Published: 10th November 2014 12:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th November 2014 12:57 PM   |  A+A-

ShaneWarne_AP
By PTI

SYDNEY:  Shane Warne today said he was concerned about Australia's batting but backed struggling skipper Michael Clarke to score heavily this summer season.     

The spin great said the congested home season looms as an opportunity for Australia to win some big trophies and regain the status of the top team in world cricket.     

 Australia begin a five-game one-day series against South Africa this week before a four-Test series against India and tri-series of one-dayers against India and England this domestic season.      

The World Cup then starts in Australia and New Zealand on February 14.      

Warne, the second highest Test wicket taker (708) behind Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan (800), said Australia had enough match-winners to win the World Cup, if the right team was selected.      

While he likes the look of the country's pace and spin bowling options, he is concerned about the batting after the poor efforts in their recent 2-0 Test series drubbing by Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.      

"I thought as a collective group they didn't bat very well against Pakistan," he said.      "They played pretty poorly, so I'd like to see the batsmen start making some runs. If they do that, I'm sure the bowlers will be able to knock them over.      

"But watch out for Michael Clarke, I think he'll make a few big hundreds soon."

Clarke has averaged just 27.46 in his last 16 innings and managed just 2, 3, 47 and 5 in his four innings during Australia's series loss to Pakistan, but Warne believes the captain is poised to start another golden run.      

"I think they can win the World Cup, they've got enough match winners, we've got the best captain in the world in Michael Clarke," Warne said.      

"I'm sure he'll find some form ... I think he's in pretty good touch. I think he's cleared up his mind a little bit and I think he'll do pretty good."



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

edexworks
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp