‘We all know Shane will be Shane’, says Sir Vivian Richards

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“I guess it’s just a little bit of banter and trying to get up Cookie’s nose because I guess Australia’s getting a little bit desperate at this point”

Legendary West Indies batsman Sir Vivian Richards has announced that former Australia spin king Shane Warne’s comments about England captain Alastair Cook being “negative, boring [and] not very imaginative” was “just a little bit of banter”.

Richards noted that these type of comments were typical of Warne just prior to the start of an Ashes series and added that “we all know Shane will be Shane”.

“We all know Shane will be Shane,” Richards told Sky Sports News Radio. “He’s just stirring things up.

“He’s an icon and a legend who does speak a lot of sense at times. But when you’ve been beaten, even beaten in a boring manner, you’ve still been beaten and you should never forget that.

“I guess it’s just a little bit of banter and trying to get up Cookie’s nose because I guess Australia’s getting a little bit desperate at this point.”

Richards added that Australia will need to dig deep and find that “aggression” and hunger to win if they are to stand any chance of beating arch-rivals England in the upcoming Ashes series, which will get underway on November 21 in Brisbane.

“The aggression is going to be of vital importance, Australia need to find that aggression of the Warnes and McGraths so until they get that back then England would be winners again,” Richards said. “But Down Under you can never count an Australian team out.”

Meanwhile, Richards also admitted that the West Indies will struggle to beat India in their own backyard.

“I hope they’re going to make up some ground in Tests, but India’s always a tough place to tour especially with some of the batters they have in India which are just magnificent,” Richards said. “For me it’s going to be tough but it’s good to be in a tough situation if you come out of it smelling reasonably OK – which means you would have learnt your lessons well.”

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