Warne picks his Ashes XI, drops Starc
Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne has dropped fast bowler Mitchell Starc from his Ashes XI which is set to take place later this year.
Despite seeing Starc as the best bowler in the current Australian side, Warne believes he should be dropped for his poor form over the past year. He has taken 13 wickets in four Tests against India, but the average which is 34.53 is what concerns the former leg-spinner.
Warne told Foxsports.com.au –
“I think he is still the best bowler if he is fit and bowling well, but I don’t think he has bowled well for a long period of time. The stats back that up against the top six batsmen he is averaging around 50.”
When asked who should be the replacement of Starc, he said –
“Pattinson in English conditions will bowl well. His variety will make him a very handy bowler in English conditions with the duke ball,”
Warne has also added Steve Smith and David Warner into his starting XI. The duo’s ban will end before the start of the Ashes later this year in England. He also included all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who didn’t get a place in the Test series against India.
Shane Warne’s Ashes XI: Marcus Harris, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.