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Shane Warne condemns England’s ‘horrific’ decision-making in Ashes defeat but insists Joe Root should remain captain – If he gets better advisers


Australian legend Shane Warne believes Joe Root should remain England captain despite some “horrific” decision-making during the Ashes.

Tourists restored some pride in shooting the Fourth Test last week, but the five-game streak was already decided after three humiliating losses Down Under.

England have avoided milk of lime Ashes but tough questions remain
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Abyssal batting displays were compromised by a few puzzling selection calls, with Stuart Broad barred from the first test and no recognized spinner in the second, when conditions favored both.

With the departure of head coach Chris Silverwood after the fifth and final test, the ECB will begin its search for a new leader.

Root’s future as captain has also been called into question, but Warne insists the drummer just needs better advisers around him.

The iconic spinner told talkSPORT: “I think Joe Root is the man to lead the team. I think he should remain captain.

“What he needs, however, are not scientists or sports data. He can have these people in the background.

Shane Warne condemns England’s ‘horrific’ decision-making in Ashes defeat but insists Joe Root should remain captain – If he gets better advisers
Root endured a winter – and even a calendar year – to forget as an English skipper
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“But what he needs around him is tough, Test Match players, who have been there and know the game of cricket.

“They can help him with tactics and strategy. If you surround it with a few of these people, you’ll see the best of Root. At the moment, I don’t think he’s getting the right advice on cricket.

“It would have to be said that there aren’t enough people around him who know cricket well.”

Nevertheless, the Australian legend refuses to defend some of the decisions of Root and co. which characterized the embarrassing tour of England.

He added: “England will be disappointed with the way they played. They could have played a lot better. But I think Australia has also been absolutely exceptional.

Shane Warne condemns England’s ‘horrific’ decision-making in Ashes defeat but insists Joe Root should remain captain – If he gets better advisers
Warne commented on the series in Australia
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“I just think England got it wrong on a lot of the bases. How doesn’t Stuart Broad play in this first test? How much of cricket knowledge [are you using], when you sit down to select the team?

“When you think about the Ashes 2019 series and what Broad did to David Warner. He owned it. When they announced that Broad wasn’t playing, how do you think Warner felt?

“There’s no part of me that understands how Broad didn’t play that first test game.

“The selections were horrible, really. They don’t have any.

“You can’t lose as many holds as England have fallen. And you can’t take as many wickets as they took out.

“That’s why the gap was so big – because England got the basics wrong and Australia played so well.”

Shane Warne condemns England’s ‘horrific’ decision-making in Ashes defeat but insists Joe Root should remain captain – If he gets better advisers
Some of England’s selection issues have been confusing
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When asked if this was the worst English team to tour Australia, Warne insists that while other teams have played less well, he does not recall a so dismal decision making.

He continued, “I don’t think it is [the worst ever]. They lost the Ashes in 12 days and that’s not a record. I think Nasser Hussain’s team lost it in 11!

“I don’t think it’s the worst team to ever tour Australia, but I think it’s one of the worst decisions in terms of pure, basic cricket.

“I just can’t see how those selections were so bad. The first Test match, on a green seam, two weeks of rain, which had never happened before in Brisbane history – not to choose Broad and Anderson?

“Then, playing five seamers in Adelaide, when it was really spinning, it didn’t make any sense at all.

“I’ve never seen an English team come to Australia and make such bad decisions. There are teams that have played less well and played less well. But they have never made so many bad decisions.

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