Shane Warne hopes umpires doesn't stop sledging during Ashes

Shane Warne feels there will be fanatical officiating after the David Warner bar-room incident © Getty Images

London: Jul 6, 2013
 
Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has said that umpires should not stop players from sledging in the Ashes series, as it may leave the highly-anticipated Test series boring.
 
He feels that there will be over excessive officiating especially after the David Warner bar-room brawl incident, when he punched England’s Joe Root.
 
“We’ve got to be very careful about the fine line between policing the game too much and allowing the emotions and characters to come out,” Warne was quoted as saying by The Guardian.
 
“As soon as someone gets a bit of fire in the belly — when there’s a bit of argy-bargy, a bit of sledging, some lip work to each other or a bit of aggro in the game — it gets stamped out so quickly. So what ends up happening is that people go into their shell and are too afraid to express themselves.”
 
“As sports lovers we all want to see characters out there, we want to see some tough, formidable characters that we love to hate, and we want to see a contest.”
 
“Sure there’s a line — you can’t be in pubs at two in the morning putting a punch on someone’s chin — but you want to see people stand up and be counted and say ‘you’re not getting me out’, ‘over my dead body’, that type of stuff.”
 
The 43-year-old feels Australia has missed an old trick during the match against England in their ICC Champions Trophy 2013 encounter .
 
Mitchell Starc‘s first over wasn’t aggressive enough,” Warne added. “Here was a chance for Australia to play England and say ‘look, we’ve got six months against you guys, this is what you’re up against’ and really show a bit of that Aussie DNA mongrel: come out, try to hit a few in the head, get really aggressive and nasty and just put their marker down. But he bowled a little lollipop, a little powder puff, first up that got smashed through the covers.”
 
Warne feels Ashes will bring forward some surprises, with many young players becoming stars during the series.
 
James Faulkner to me is one of those guys who wants to be in the middle when it’s tough. Whenever the game’s in the balance he wants to be in there, that’s a special trait to have, and, generally most of the time he performs,” Warne said.
 
“He could be at the nucleus of the Australian team going forward. The other player is young Pattinson: it wouldn’t surprise me if he was getting close to 100 miles an hour in this Ashes series.”
 
“He’ll bowl consistently at 90 miles an hour plus and I think he’s got a chance to record one of the fastest balls ever recorded. This kid could be a superstar.”
 
“If he can stay on the park, he has been working his absolute butt off to get right for this series, he will be a real handful. Those two guys are really going to stand up, they’ve got special skills and people are going to know who they are by the end of this Ashes series,” he concluded.