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Marsh, Ferguson, Faulkner and Coulter-Nile in Warne's Test XI

Sportal, Yahoo!7 February 4, 2013, 12:28 pm

Australian leg spinning legend Shane Warne sees no place for incumbent opening batsman Ed Cowan in his best Australian 18 Test players, but believes the national selectors should put their faith in untried Western Australian paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile in all three forms of the game.

Writing on his website in the second instalment of his 'manifesto' for re-invigorating the game as well as the national team, Warne selected his best Australian squads for T20s, ODIs and Tests.

While the suggested selection of Coulter-Nile in T20 and ODI cricket is not that surprising, despite having never played international cricket, Warne believes the 25-year-old should also be given a shot at Test cricket.

Warne named an 18-man Test squad - despite the fact he said it was 17 - with veteran Queenslander Ryan Harris, who has not played first class cricket in 10 months, named among the pace attack at the expense of Ben Hilfenhaus.

Cowan, who has played all 13 Tests since being selected as an opener at the start of the home series against India in 2011/12, is the notable absentee.

Warne has also only selected one specialist spinner, Nathan Lyon, while there are no specialist leg-spinners named among any of the three teams that Warne nominated.

Warne repeated his opposition to the rotation policy currently in place, saying Australia needed to pick their best XI in each form of the game.

"When we were number 1 there weren't mission statements flying around, but we got the selection process right and the best 11 were selected for every game," he said.

"It's simple, select your best 11 for each form of the game, not the same 11 but your best available team at all times."

He also suggested scrapping field restrictions for one-day cricket and increasing the over allowance for bowlers in Twenty20 cricket to five as opposed to four.

Another instalment of Warne's manifesto is expected later in the week.

Shane Warne's Test Squad
1. Warner, 2. Watson 3. Marsh S, 4. Clarke (C), 5. Ferguson, 6. Wade, 7. Faulkner, 8. Coulter-Nile, 9. Siddle, 10. Pattinson, 11. Lyon

12. Hughes P, 13. Maxwell, 14. Starc, 15. Khawaja, 16. Harris R, 17. Henriques, 18. Jackson Bird

Shane Warne's ODI Squad
1. Finch, 2. Warner, 3. Marsh S, 4. Clarke (C), 5. Bailey, 6. Wade, 7. Maxwell (Floater), 8. Faulkner, 9. Coulter-Nile, 10. Starc, 11. McKay

12. Hauritz, 13. Henriques, 14. Marsh M, 15. M Johnson

Shane Warne Twenty20 Squad
1. Finch, 2. Warner, 3. Marsh S, 4. Watson, 5. Maxwell, 6. Wade (C), 7. Faulkner, 8. Coulter-Nile, 9. Starc, 10. McKay, 11. Doherty

12. Beer, 13. Cutting, 14. Henriques or M Marsh when fit, 15. M Johnson

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  1. Hidden Fortress10:17pm Monday 04th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Lets look at the players the selectors have picked in the last 3 years to play Test cricket for Australia. Cowan - Quiney - Hastings - George - Smith - Beer - Copeland - Khawaja - Doherty - Paine - Harris. What an 11.....those selectors sure knew what they were doing.

  2. Hidden Fortress09:57pm Monday 04th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Warnies Test team aint bad, hes got a few things wrong, Bird in for Nate C-N.....Phil Hughes in for Fergusson. Johnson in for C-N in the ODI team, and Hughes in for Finch.

  3. ratbag08:16pm Monday 04th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Warnie just keep your nose out of the cricket world you have had your days and remember you said Doherty would never make the grade and now you pick him. go back to gambling and try and show them how to play cards ????????

  4. DOLLARS07:07pm Monday 04th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Yeah i can see his point, but where are the members of the boozer Ocker squad?

  5. Michael06:30pm Monday 04th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Agree with him about Cowan, but ow can he not have Starc & Bird in the first XI? And as much as I admire Faulkner & Coulter-Nile in the short games, neither is really of Test calibre.

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  6. David06:09pm Monday 04th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    just amazes me how much attention this utter wanker gets, unbelievable.

  7. Dan05:15pm Monday 04th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Can someone please tell me.......................who asked Shane Warne for his opinion?

  8. Daniel04:19pm Monday 04th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I think Warne and Mcguire, drank from the same water bottle at the Melbourne Stars, they are both idiots the way they are carrying on

  9. JoshL03:07pm Monday 04th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Why do idiots give so much attention to warne ..? Or does he pay the media to kp him in the limelight..cheap media

  10. Red_Herring02:48pm Monday 04th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    By the look of these comments Warney must have screwed their wives and girlfriends...twice over!!




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