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Shane Warne slammed for criticizing Mitchell Starc and Usman Khawaja

By BetBarter Staff

January 6, 2022

Legendary cricketer Shane Warne has been asked to shut up by former Australia cricketer Chadd Sayers for his criticism of Mitchell Starc and Usman Khawaja. The former Australia leg-spinner had voted against Starc playing the first Ashes Test. He felt that left-arm pacer was woefully out of form and Jhye Richardson should be given a nod ahead of him. However, Starc started the series in a terrific manner and dismissed Rory Burns on the first ball.

Currently, he is the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing Ashes with 14 wickets to his name. Meanwhile, Khawaja made most of his chance and scored a fine 137 in the ongoing fourth Test match in Sydney. Warne once again was not in favour of  Khawaja playing the Test. Sayers took to Twitter and slammed Warne for remarks towards Starc and Khawaja. “Shane Warne keeps bagging his own Aussie players," Sayers wrote. “Went hard at Starc - Wrong and now Uzzie - wrong #shutup"

Warne felt Starc is low on confidence after his poor run in the 20-20 World Cup. The left-arm pacer conceded a lot of runs against New Zealand in the finals of the global event. “He needs to find a bit of rhythm and some form," Warne had said of Starc as quoted by News 18. “He had a really poor [T20] World Cup. He’s just not bowling well enough. It’s too important at the Gabba. So I’m all for Jhye Richardson," Warne had said.

Australia had to make one forced change in the squad for the fourth Test as Travis Head had tested for positive for COVID-19. While Australia added Khawaja, Warne felt Marsh should be given a nod ahead of Khawaja. However, Khawaja went on to score a staggering hundred.

“Australia has been waiting a long time for Mitchell Marsh to come good and right at the moment he’s in the form of his life," Warne said. “For me, I just think as a bowler who would I rather bowl to, Khawaja or Mitchell Marsh? I’d much rather bowl to Khawaja."

The southpaw’s ninth Test hundred has allowed Australia to reach 416 -8 in their first innings.