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Shane Warne had criticised Mickey Arthur’s decision of players’ rotation policy and the harsh call to drop four players during Australia’s tour to India © Getty Images

Sydney: Jun 28, 2013
 
After Michael Hussey showed his willingness to help the Australian team, spin wizard Shane Warne too has accepted the invitation to informally be a part of Australia’s coaching set-up to support head coach Darren Lehmann and skipper Michael Clarke.
 
“It’s good to be part of the set-up but most of time my role will be informal, catching up on the phone or chatting over a drink or meal. I do not need a fancy job title to help out. When you are in the team bubble it can be very helpful to hear input from someone outside the group who occasionally might have a different take on things,” Warne was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.
 
The willingness of senior players to help the team came after newly-appointed coach Darren Lehmann expressed his intention to tap into the rich experience and skill of past champions.
 
“It was very nice of Darren [Lehmann] and Michael Clarke to say they would like me to be involved with the Australian team. I am always there to help any Australian cricketer and always have been,” Warne wrote in his column for the newspaper.
 
Showering praise on the combination of the new coach and Clarke, Warne said, “Clarke and Lehmann are great thinkers about the game and the guys will be well prepared and tactics will be high on the agenda, expect some radical field settings to the England top order.”
 
Warne had fiercely criticised some of the decisions during Mickey Arthur’s tenure like the rotation policy and the controversial dropping of four players during the away series against India. According to Warne it was a sports-science decision taking precedence over sane cricket logic. However, under Lehmann, Warne feels, things will change.
 
“Now the mood, mindset and preparation for games will be different. It will bring freedom to the Australia players. During the Champions Trophy I sensed they were playing with a fear of failure. It should not be that way. If Australia lose then they will go down swinging, and being competitive with aggression and intensity,” he reckoned.
 
Warne also lauded skipper Clarke and Cricket Australia for their respective decisions.
 
Clarke recently relinquished his role as selector of the Australian team. “It takes the pressure off with players who can talk to him more freely. I am sure if Michael pushes for a certain player the selectors will back him,” said the legendary leg-spinner.
 
Warne said that Cricket Australia’s decision to sack Mickey Arthur was a sign of being proactive. “They have acted quickly and given the players two weeks to find the right frame of mind for beating England. Yes, I feel for Mickey Arthur and it was not an easy decision but it was better to do it now, rather than later,” he concluded.