I don't think Australia want to play like New Zealand, says Shane Warne

Warne believes that Australia doesn't need to adopt Kiwi's sportsmanship, rather should "draw own line".

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Australian spin great Shane Warne doesn’t think that his current national side needs to take a leaf from New Zealand’s team culture in a wake to alter their image in the World cricket following the ball-tampering saga in South Africa.

Warne, who is currently coaching Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the ongoing IPL 2018, has commented on the same after many cricket greats including former Head Coach Darren Lehmann have suggested that Australia should follow the Black Caps’ ideology and spirit of play to avoid controversies on the field.

The Kiwis are known for their sportsmanship across the world while still playing an attacking game and for which they have received a lot of praise from many.

The spin legend further went on to say that there is not any culture problem in the Aussie camp, but the ball-tampering saga has been given them a great opportunity to take a new direction, but that’s not mean that the Kangaroos need to adopt any other country’s playing style or approach on the field.  

Warne told the Daily Telegraph, “I don't think we want to play like the Kiwis, which I heard someone say. I mean c'mon. The Kiwis, no thank you. But we probably want something in between the Kiwis and Australia at the moment. I want us to play hard but fair, tough, uncompromising cricket, but shake hands and play in the spirit of the game and show good sportsmanship.”

He further added, “I’m not sure there were team culture problems … but I have noticed there is a lot of whingeing coming out of the Australian camp in recent times, about the opposition and things like that.”

Warne signed off by saying, “I think that’s un-Australian, I have never really heard any Australian sides do that. But I think it’s a great opportunity for everyone in world cricket to draw a line in the sand and say ‘how do we want to play the game, what do we stand for, what’s the style of play we want’?”


By Rashmi Nanda - 18 May, 2018

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