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Ponting, Waugh could become new batting coach of Australia: Warne


Australian spin great Shane Warne has revealed that he thinks Ricky Ponting and Mark Waugh are among the host of candidates to replace the under-siege Graeme Hick as Australia’s new batting coach.

Ponting, Waugh could become new batting coach of Australia, Warne
Warne believes great batsmen like Ponting should be more associated with Australian cricket.

Just a few days ago he had launched public criticism of Australia’s batting mentor, and now Warne has called for the Cricket Australia (CA) to replace the ex-England batsman.

“Graeme Hick has been there for the last few years and seen that the players are making the same mistakes all the time; it’s time for a change.”

Australia has lost 18 from their past 24 matches in all forms, including the defeat to South Africa in the one-off Twenty20 on Saturday.

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According to Warne, there are several batting greats in line, one of whom could easily take over.

“Whether it be Mark Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey … I’m sure any of those guys could do it,” Warne said.

“The one thing I would say is … Australian cricket over the last 25-30 years has had some terrific batsmen. And they should be around the cricket team more often,” he added.

Warne even had a tips for the Australian bowling sector as well, as he said, “Get Glenn McGrath with the bowlers … there are so many opportunities.”

Warne was also critical of why the Australia Cricketers’ Association had to attempted to reduce the 12-month first-class bans given to Steve Smith, David Warner and nine months to Cameron Bancroft for their roles in the ball-tampering saga in March.

“I think once the bans were in place, even though I thought they were too harsh at the time, you can’t overrule them. I was disappointed Greg Dyer and the Players’ Association even did that, unfortunately. You can’t overturn them because Australia’s cricketers are playing so badly.”

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