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Shane Warne (AFP Photo)

In a scathing take-down of the players charter and assorted catchphrases associated with the Australian national cricket team in the wake of a damning culture review, Shane Warne has termed those as ‘verbal diarrhoea’.

The spin legend made his views known while commentating during the first ODI between Australia and South Africa on Sunday in Perth. Pictures had emerged of the Australian dressing room at the Perth Stadium plastered with buzzwords like ‘Elite Honesty’.

“Can I just cut to the chase here,” Warne said. “They need to find who the best captain is for each form of the game and say ‘guys, run with me, this is the style of game we want to play’. Forget all the words, forget the verbal diarrhoea and all of that sort of stuff. That’s just rubbish this sort of stuff. Seriously, it makes you vomit.”

Warne, Test cricket’s second most successful bowler, said the words won’t make any difference and the focus should be on the performance. “At the end of the day, cricket is a simple game and a performance-based game. You have to perform on the field. (Forget) all these words and everything, it’s about actions.

He continued, “I think it is all about basics. Get the captain and the vice-captain they lead the way and the rest of the players come after you. You inspire from within by your performances and the way you play on the field. None of this writing words, 200-page document, writing stuff up and all that. Just get out there and play better.”

Australia recently installed Aaron Finch as the ODI captain and Alex Carey as his deputy. Warne backed the move saying Finch the right man to lead by example.

“I think Aaron Finch is good guy to captain the side. If Finch and (Alex) Carey are our men, and that’s ok with me, say ‘we are the two guys, we’re going to lead by example and you guys are going to come with us’.

“Justin Langer is there to help prepare the players, the captain and the vice-captain get out there and say this is the way we are going to play.

“They lead by example, by their actions. What they do on the field, how they prepare, what they help the younger players with and the rest will follow. If the leaders of the team aren’t performing and they’re not setting a good example then that won’t create inspiration from within, it’s as simple as that.

“What they (Australia) are worrying about is trying to look like they are doing the right thing. You can’t forget what Australians are, their DNA. And that is hard aggressive, positive cricket and then play fairly.”