A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Shane Warne believes national selectors making grave mistake by not pick spinner for first Test against South Africa

Warne believes Lyon should continue sticking to the basics

Australia spin legend Shane Warne has called on the national selectors to pick a spinner for the first Test against the South Africans at Brisbane, and warned that the national team could suffer severe repercussions if they didn’t.

When asked whether Australia should go with an all-pace bowling lineup, Warne rolled his eyes and stated that the selectors had to include at least one spinner in the team.

Warne noted that off-spinner Nathan Lyon was the best candidate for Australia since he has had an excellent record in Test cricket so far, claiming 42 wickets in just 13 Test matches.

The Age quoted Warne as saying: “I mean, come on, always play a spinner, no matter what the conditions are. You don’t just pick a team for the first innings, you pick a team for the third and fourth innings of matches, and you always should play a spinner.”

Warne also recalled his playing at Brisbane, and explained that it was one of his favourite grounds to bowl at since he snapped 68 wickets in 11 Test matches at an average of 20.30.

Speaking about Lyon, Warne stated that he believes the off-spinner would continue to blossom if he stuck to the basics instead of trying to bamboozle batsmen with a variety of mystery deliveries.

“Graeme Swann does OK, he bowls an off-break and a straight one. So I think Nathan Lyon has done very well too and if he can just concentrate on his off break and the straight one, I’m sure he will be fine,” Warne added.

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