Shane Warne hammered by fans over radical new Test XI

Shane Warne has been absolutely slammed by cricket fans on social media after sharing his radical new Australian Test XI.

The Aussie cricket legend – known for thinking outside the box – decided to put on his selectors cap while his compatriots toiled away on day three in their series against Pakistan.

Warne decided to share his thoughts with his legions of followers on Twitter, with fans flooding his feed in response to the controversial line-up.

Warne copped his fair share of backlash over a radical new Australia Test XI. Pic: Getty

The spin king’s new-look side had no room for current captain Tim Paine, replaced by South Australian gloveman Alex Carey in arguably the most controversial shake-up of the team.


The axing of Paine from Warne’s side didn’t sit well with fans. Pic: Twitter

Following a flurry of backlash from fans about Paine’s axing from the side, Warne decided to have another crack at his best XI – bringing the wicketkeeper back in but keeping Aaron Finch as captain.


Warne’s revised side was considerably more popular with fans. Pic: Getty

The big losers from Warne’s hypothetical side are the Marsh brothers Shaun and Mitchell, Marnus Labuschagne, Jon Holland and Peter Siddle – who he would replace with Matt Renshaw, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.

Khawaja injury presents a fresh headache for Australia

Australia’s depleted batting stocks could face further devastation after in-form opener Usman Khawaja injured his knee in Abu Dhabi.

Khawaja was set to undergo scans on Thursday night after tweaking his left knee during the warm-up and failing to take the field on day three.

The opening batsman, who was man of the match during the drawn first Test in Dubai, tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the same knee in 2014.

There was hope within the Australian camp that Khawaja had avoided serious injury and could even bat when the tourists resume at 1-47 on Friday, requiring another 491 runs to pull off a world-record run chase in the series-decider.

Even if Khawaja does bat, the time he spent off the field prevents him from coming in higher than No.7 during the first two hours of the innings.

Veteran paceman Peter Siddle said Khawaja appeared to have hurt himself in innocuous circumstances.

“It was just something in warm-up. We were throwing the ball,” Siddle said.

“I don’t know what specifically happened. It’s disappointing for him but fingers crossed he gets some good news tonight.

“Once he’s got the scan and we know more, that’ll determine from the doctor’s point of view what he can and can’t do. We’ll see how that comes up tomorrow and we’ll go from there.”

Australia host No.1-ranked India in Tests during the home summer and can ill-afford to lose Khawaja, who has become the most senior batsman in a heavily-depleted top six following the suspensions handed to Steve Smith and David Warner.

The injury is shocking timing for the Queenslander, who defied his doubters to post scores of 141 and 85 and spearhead Australia’s remarkable comeback in Dubai.

Australia’s batting stocks have taken another hit with Khawaja’s injury. Pic: Getty

Aaron Finch (24 not out) and Travis Head (17 not out) will resume on Friday with Australia needing a miracle to avoid a crushing defeat.

No Test side in history has ever successfully chased a fourth-innings target greater than 418.

Shaun Marsh (four) lasted just six balls before being clean-bowled by debutant Mir Hamza, capping off a terrible series for the 35-year-old.

Left-arm paceman Hamza’s maiden Test wicket was a peach, angling away from the left-hander and clipping off stump.

But pressure is mounting on Marsh ahead of the home summer, having now gone 12 innings at Test level without a score of note.

Serious questions will linger about how Australia managed to end up so far behind the game after an inspired Nathan Lyon spell left Pakistan reeling at 5-57 in the first innings.

Australia’s bowlers failed to press their advantage after Lyon’s brilliance, and the 145 put on in reply was their fourth-lowest first innings total in Asia.

With AAP