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Warne hints he wants to hear from quicks

Shane Warne says athletes should always feel comfortable approaching critical ex-players for advice, as he continued to put the heat on Australia's bowlers.

Warne hints he wants to hear from quicks

Shane Warne says athletes should always feel comfortable approaching critical ex-players for advice, as he continued to put the heat on Australia's bowlers.

Former Australian crickter and commentator SHANE WARNE talks during day one of the Fifth Test match in the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at SCG in Sydney, Australia.
Former Australian crickter and commentator SHANE WARNE talks during day one of the Fifth Test match in the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at SCG in Sydney, Australia. Picture:Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Shane Warne has hinted he wants Australia's beleaguered bowlers to come to him for advice, telling players they should always seek out their biggest critics.

Warne's claims that Australia's bowlers are a big part of the problem in their Test series surrender to India continued on Friday, as the visitors passed 450 for the second successive first innings.


Warne has been most critical of fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, pointing to the fact the pair both averaged over 30 last year for the first time since 2014.

The champion legspinner has also accused Australia's attack of being one-dimensional in Sydney, regularly claiming the criticism is nothing personal but that "facts are facts".

And on Friday Warne told athletes not to ignore their critics, but rather make a point to hear their views and then take up any discussion with them.

"If it was someone respected and knew about the game, I would take it up with them. I think that's pretty good advice to any sportsman," Warne said on Fox Cricket's commentary.

"If it was like a Richie Benaud or an Ian Chappell was writing about my bowling, they didn't like what I was doing ... I would go and find them and have a chat.

"I didn't say 'oh he's no good, he's an idiot'. I would go an approach them and talk it out with them. I think that's the best way to have it."

Warne's comments after Starc took the time to talk to Mitchell Johnson following the first Test loss in Adelaide, after the former left-arm quick had been critical of his successor.

Starc's wife and Australian women's star Alyssa Healy has previously revealed her frustrations at Warne's criticism of her husband's bowling over the years, most notably after the legspinner accused him of looking "soft" in 2014.

Starc also told the Sydney Morning Herald last month that Warne had been on his back "for years" and they he was "not going to pay any attention to him".

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