Shane Warne was quite right as the numbers say that Mitchell Starc (above) was dropped 10-times in the 14 Tests he has played so far © Getty Images
Shane Warne was quite right as the numbers say that Mitchell Starc (above) was dropped 10-times in the 14 Tests he has played so far © Getty Images

Dec 18, 2014

Darren Lehmann would resolve the issue personally with Shane Warne regarding his comments on Mitchell Starc after he suffered heat distress during the opening day of the second Test at Brisbane. He also suffered a sore back and rib pain, reports Fox Sports.

Warne had earlier lamented that Starc lacks presence in the game as he finished with none for 56. “His body language has to be tougher. He just looks a bit nonchalant. A bit hunched shoulders. He just looks a bit soft,” he said to Channel Nine.

However, Australia’s coach Lehmann however did not take it in a good way what Warne said.

“I haven’t heard that? He [Warne] used those words did he? ’ That’s very harsh. I will take that up with Shane myself. At the end of the day … it was a very hot day and it was hard work for a fast bowler on a very good wicket,’’ he said.

Although the words might sound harsh, Warne was quite right as the statistics say that he was dropped 10-times in the 14 Tests he has played so far. There has only been one occasion where he played three Test matches in a row.

“He has to really stick his chest out and really follow through and give good strong body language, … In his follow through, he’s just like, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve bowled a ball, I’ll just go back and bowl again.’,” said Warne.

“There’s no real presence with Starc. He needs to let the batsmen know he’s here. I’d like to see him really own the batsmen and let them know he’s around. He doesn’t have to say anything, it’s just his presence and his body language,” he added.

Warne also described Starc as ‘erratic’ and ‘inconsistent’ to which Mark Taylor agreed as well. “He’s got to bounce back here. Help his team out,” said Warne.