The magical leg spinner and one of the greatest bowlers in the history of cricket, Shane Warne expressed his dissapointment towards the captaincy of Steve Smith. After the first loss in 4 years in the home ground for Australia, Warne’s dissapointment is looking valid.
Mainly, Shane Warne didnt like the way of using Nathan Lyon during the match and he thinks Smith has a lot to learn.
Smith is going through a difficult after officially named as the captain. Recently Australia lost a test series in Srilanka and an ODI series in South Africa. Both of them were away series and Australia faced whitewash in both of the series.
And now, in the first test against South Africa, Australia lost to them in their homeground by a huge margin of 177 runs which is the first loss of them in 4 years at their homeground.
Warne said to Channel Nine, “It wasn’t like the ball was hooping around corners yesterday, they couldn’t take a wicket.”
He added, “I thought it was a bit weird Nathan Lyon didn’t bowl one over. He bowled 12 overs on a 37-degree day and the quicks bowled their hearts out.”
Smith gave Lyon only 12 overs in the third day of the test and Warne found that wrong. Lyon was not used at all in the first session when JP Duminy and Dean Elgar took the control.
Smith wanted to use reverse swing for getting their wicket but Lyon’s could be useful in that situation as off spin is a good option against a left handed batsman.
The greatest leg spinner said, “When the captain doesn’t bowl you in the first session and tries everyone three to four times in their spells, then throws you the ball, as a spinner you’re like an afterthought – we’ve tried everyone else, why don’t you have a bowl?”
Magical bowler added, “To me it’s bad captaincy because you’re not trying to get the best out of the players. To bowl him for 12 overs, his confidence will be low.”
Whatever the people say, its a definite thing SMith should work on his captaincy. Otherwise, Warner is always ready for the job.