Shane Warne: Australian team in a state of 'confusion' heading into Ashes series

Updated: Nov 19, 2017, 11:46 IST | AFP

Spin legend Shane Warne says Australia are in a state of 'confusion' heading into the Ashes series, with England primed for a first Gabba Test boilover

Spin legend Shane Warne says Australia are in a state of 'confusion' heading into the Ashes series, with England primed for a first Gabba Test boilover. Even amid the massive distraction of the Ben Stokes assault saga, Warne believes it's the tourists who no longer hold any fears about an unsettled Australian cricket team. The Australian leg-spin great says Australia are in a shambles with wicket-keeper Tim Paine's surprise selection pointing to a lack of direction from selectors. Paine, chosen for his first Test in seven years, and Shaun Marsh, 34, recalled to the Test side for the eighth time, were the controversial selections announced on Friday for next week's first Test in Brisbane.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne

Pundits say Australia's Gabba fortress, where the home side is unbeaten in almost 30 years, is now under threat from an England squad missing their best player all-rounder Stokes, back at home and under investigation over a nightclub brawl. "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 match than what Australia are," Warne said.

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