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Warne blames Aussie selectors

Sky Sports Sky Sports 31/03/2016


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Shane Warne says Australia's selectors got their team line-up wrong for the World Twenty20. 

Steve Smith's team were knocked out by India in a must-win showdown in Mohali on Sunday, leaving their hopes of winning a first World T20 trophy once again in tatters.

Sky Sports expert Warne says the Aussies should have kept Aaron Finch and David Warner together at the top of the order, with Usman Khawja coming in at No 3.

"First of all, our selection was wrong in my opinion," Warne told Cricket Australia's official website.

"I don't think we got that right, we messed around with it too much rather than sticking with what's been a proven formula and we probably didn't play well enough, which is the brutal truth.

"I know Khawaja was in unbelievable form and had to play but I would have batted him at No 3. I don't think they should have broken up Finch and Warner and I think it upset the balance of the team.

"Those two guys had been batting together for a long time, they have done well in Twenty20, they've done well in one-day cricket, and suddenly they got spilt up.

"And I just would never, ever have left Aaron Finch out. Even if he missed out in a few games, I think that Finch-Warner partnership, it's an intimidatory factor before a ball was bowled and people would have worried about Finch and Warner.

"It's not to say they didn't worry about Khawaja, but I just think the other two are more destructive."

Warne also believes Australia should have picked Durham all-rounder John Hastings - an expert death bowler - instead of Josh Hazlewood in their final two games.

"Australia got a bit too funky with their selections," Warne said. "I think John Hastings was picked in the squad as a specialist to bowl at the end but he got dropped for the game he should have played at the end (against India).

"To me, (Josh) Hazlewood is a guy that is a beautiful Test bowler, and it's not that he can't bowl in these forms of the game, but I just think Hastings is a better option in a Twenty20 game because of his yorkers - we saw him in the Big Bash bowl his yorkers - he's just about the best we have."

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