Shane Warne's letter to CA
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As an emotional, passionate and Australian cricket team supporter (and
player) for the best part of 20 years (a proud one too) I, like many
others am frustrated on many levels at present. The next 12 months is
the biggest 12 months of cricket for the Australian cricket team in a
long, long time. If we do nothing now, we will be where we were 30
years ago. There needs to be urgent action and a new strategy / plan
put in place.
The current set up is not working, as the results are showing! What are our world rankings in all forms?
Selecting of teams
This is a very tough gig as everyone in Australia thinks they can pick
the best team, it’s a subject that’s discussed in boardrooms, pubs,
schools and so on...
In my view, selecting a player is not based solely on statistics and
averages, it can be used as a guide sure, but the objective of a
Selector is to look at when players get their runs and wickets, which
shows character and a good temperament when under pressure, along with
their talent. Then they can trust themselves when making the next step
into international cricket. There are many other ingredients that go
into selecting a player, but this should be the basis of being selected.
A simple criteria is pick your best team and stick with it in all
forms, then the players get used playing together and being with one
another on tour, you get to know the person, too much chopping and
changing leads to insecurity, players then start to look out for
themselves and over their shoulder, this breeds selfishness. It’s also
why rotation and resting players will never work. I believe the players
should be united, take ownership of this, it’s a very powerful and
strong message to send to CA if the players message is “I do not want to
be rested or rotated I want to play every game, if I don’t perform drop
me”. If this decision comes from the players then CA have to respect
that and follow suit on selection accordingly, this will then mean
someone is accountable. In any sport once you have proven to yourself
that you are good enough to play at the top level, you know if you
perform you will be picked for the next game, that’s when you play at
your best as you have confidence and are more relaxed. The team should
be selected first, not the captain, the captain will be chosen from the
We have the best batsmen / captain in world cricket at the moment in
Michael Clarke and the spine of a good team with Warner, Watson, Wade,
Siddle and Lyon, the rest of the spots are up for grabs in my opinion.
Opportunities for players now are there for the taking.
The coach should not be a selector as he should be a confidante for the
players, the captain should be though. I could go on here for a
So, to my dream team, I could be completely wrong and barking up the
wrong tree, but in my opinion if the following people were to fill these
roles, then Australian cricket would be in good hands and a great
chance of getting back to number 1, as I believe the talent is there in
domestic cricket - to have a great Australian team for now and for the
Rod Marsh (chairperson)
The people who I would put in charge of cricket if available
and willing, along with the above selectors (you can give them any title
you want) would be:
CEO of cricket or GM: Mark Taylor
Boss man, cricket supremo. The coach, captain and support staff are
answerable to Tub. Tub is in charge of all things cricket. The reason
why I would choose Mark is that he has an understanding from both sides
and is a wonderful communicator as well as being very approachable and
Coach: Stephen Fleming:
In my time Stephen was the best opposition Captain we played against
and seeing what Stephen has done first hand re his coaching roles along
with knowing him well personally, I believe he brings a lot to the table,
a calmness, an intelligent understanding of the game and a very good
cricket brain. He’s a good communicator too as well as a good leader of
Assistant Coach: Darren “ Boof “ Lehmann:
Boof understands the game as good as anyone and has a great outlook on
the game, he’s a good balance of old school and what the needs are of
the current day player.
Batting Coach’s: Mike Hussey / Michael Bevan:
Both respected players and grasp all forms of the game. These guys
would be around the team when needed, depending on which form of the
game is being played. The coach would liaise with both and give them
clarity on when they are required and to be around the group.
Bowling Coaches: Merv Hughes / Bruce Reid:
Both have been wonderful players and understand what works and what
doesn’t, they also were very clever bowlers and have experience, both
have a great attitude and a passion for the game too.
Consultant: Ian Chappell:
Be on call as a sounding board for any player to talk to at anytime and
be around the group when needed. Chaps has been the biggest influence
on my cricketing career and understands the game and people. He’s
understanding of the game is second to none. He was a great all-round
cricketer and also the best Captain to have ever played the game from
All the above people are cricket people, not rugby, tennis or from any
other sporting code. They all understand the game of cricket, they have
lived and breathed the game for a long time and most importantly have
the best interests of Australian cricket at heart, along with being
super passionate and above all, they just love the game.
Cricket is a simple game; sure it has room and a place for scientific
research and current technology, which can help learn about an opponent,
but not instead of using your cricket brain, together they can work
hand in hand. Technology can help in recovery, but so can sleep and a
common sense approach to recovery.
You cannot re-invent the wheel in cricket, if a player wants to become a
better slip fielder, catch more balls, want to get better at bowling a
Yorker – practice bowling and hitting a target (Malinga and a shoe) and
It’s time to go back to basics. Too many people are justifying their existence.
I will be discussing these points and Part 2 with James Sutherland in the next week.
I hope this piece opens the floodgates for discussion and a positive
outcome. I’m no guru, just a concerned ex cricketer who loves
Australian cricket and is passionate about the white floppy hat!
This is only part 1 of my article, in part 2 I will select my teams for
all forms of the game, my vision, future of one day cricket, 20/20 and
the impact on domestic cricket, grass roots cricket, spin bowling and
more, so stay tuned…
My twitter address is @warne888