Shane Warne reckons Australia look 'confused' after Ashes selection
Legendary spinner Shane Warne believes Australia appear 'confused' following their squad selection for the first Ashes Test against England in Brisbane scheduled to begin next week.
The selectors have recalled Tim Paine as the wicket-keeper after a gap of seven years over out of form Matthew Wade and also Peter Nevill.
The decision comes despite Paine was replaced by Wade as the preferred wicket-keeper for the Tasmanian side following the latter's move to the state ahead of the ongoing domestic season.
“England at the moment are just going along nicely,” said Warne.
”They’re just doing their business.
“Australia look confused. They’re picking wicketkeepers that aren’t even keeping for their state. To me, I think England are in a better situation going into that first test than what Australia are.”
Nevertheless, Warne had high praises for Australia fast bowling trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins and believes the opening game at The Gabba will be closely competed despite the Baggy Green side's formidable record at the venue.
”Being at home, you think that Australia have an advantage,“ Warne added. ”But I think this will be a super close series.
“It comes down to the bowling mainly. I think Australia’s bowlers are excellent.”
Paine had earlier scored a half-century for Cricket Australia XI side against England in the tour game and followed it with an unbeaten 71 for Tasmania against Victoria in the Sheffield Shield this week.
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