Shane Warne. @ Getty Images
Shane Warne. @ Getty Images

Australian batsmen have come under heavy criticism from former leg-spinner Shane Warne on Wednesday, who blamed the batters for nullifying the work done by the bowlers in the second Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan were bowled out for 282 in the first innings on the opening day.

Meanwhile, Australia surrendered eight wickets for 125 runs in 43.4 overs, with Mohammad Abbas adding three and the offspinner Bilal Asif also striking three telling blows as the visitors were bowled out for 145, the fourth-lowest first-innings total in Asia.

“Australia’s bowling quality has saved this Oz side for a while now, but how long can they keep doing it? These current batsman need to stand up & quickly or it will be a v long summer, Finch/Khawaja been good and will start in the 1st test in Oz – the rest ???” Warne tweeted on Wednesday.

 

Australia’s bowlers were exceptional on Day One with the spin duo of Nathan Lyon and Marnus Labuschagne sharing seven wickets between them on the opening day of the Test. Pakistan slipped to 57/5, but thanks to knocks from Fakhar Zaman (94) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (94), Pakistan finished their first innings all out for 282.

Pacer Mitchell Starc had claimed two wickets while Mitchell Marsh bagged one. “Ps Bowlers will get injured if they have to continue to bowl day after day without rest, due to the batsman continue to fail. Also, I’m a huge fan of Mitch Marsh & his capabilities but appointed VC & batting so high? Paine has to bat in top 6 & why has Lyon not been appointed VC?” he wrote.