Shane Warne (Image courtesy: Getty)
Shane Warne (Image courtesy: Getty)

Australia look to emerge from the shadows of ball-tampering scandal that rocked the cricketing world and saw two of their finest cricketers, Steven Smith and David Warner earn long-time bans from the game. The Australian culture is quite in contrast to their trans-Tasman neighbour New Zealand’s, who have always been hailed for their sportsman spirit alongside their attacking brand of play. There have also been suggestions that Australia should try and replicate that. However, Shane Warne is of a different opinion, as he told Daily Telegraph: “I don’t think we want to play like the Kiwis, which I heard someone say. I mean c’mon. The Kiwis, no thank you … But we probably want something in between the Kiwis and Australia at the moment. I want us to play hard but fair, tough, uncompromising cricket, but shake hands and play in the spirit of the game and show good sportsmanship.”

Shane Warne: Don’t think Tim Paine is a long term option for Australia
Shane Warne: Don’t think Tim Paine is a long term option for Australia

Warne added, “I’m not sure there were team culture problems … I have noticed there is a lot of whingeing coming out of the Australian camp in recent times, about the opposition and things like that. I think that’s un-Australian, I have never really heard any Australian sides do that. But I think it’s a great opportunity for everyone in world cricket to draw a line in the sand and say ‘how do we want to play the game?’, ‘what do we stand for?’, ‘what’s the style of play we want?’.”

Along with Adam Gilchrist, Mark Waugh and Allan Border, Warne has been confirmed to be on the new-look TV commentary team for this Australian summer.