Sydney - Cricket great Shane Warne on
Thursday criticised Australia's line-ups at the World Twenty20, saying the
"wrong" choices were responsible for the team crashing out in the
Steve Smith's team were knocked out by
India in a do-or-die showdown in Mohali on Sunday, leaving their hopes of
winning their first World T20 trophy once again in tatters.
"First of all, our selection was wrong
in my opinion," Warne told cricket.com.au.
"I don't think we got that right, we
messed around with it too much rather than sticking with what's been a proven
formula and we probably didn't play well enough, which is the brutal
Warne said Usman Khawaja should have batted
at number three and opening pair Aaron Finch and David Warner should not have
been broken up.
"I don't think they should have broken
up Finch and Warner and I think it upset the balance of the team," Warne
said, adding that their partnership would have been an "intimidatory
factor before a ball was bowled".
"Those two guys had been batting
together for a long time, they have done well in Twenty20, they've done well in
one-day cricket, and suddenly they got spilt up.
"And I just would never, ever have
left Aaron Finch out... It's not to say they didn't worry about Khawaja, but I
just think the other two are more destructive."
The spin legend also queried Josh
Hazlewood's selection over all-rounder John Hastings for Australia's final two
"I just think because we had so much
talent in our team and so much skill, they (Australia's selectors) thought 'it
doesn't matter what the combinations are we're still going to do OK', but it
wasn't to be," he added.
India face the West Indies in the second
semi-final on Thursday for the chance to play Eoin Morgan's England team in the
final on Sunday.