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Warne reveals call from smith for Harsh comment on his vice-captaincy appointment


After England decided to bat first in bowling favoured conditions, Australia ran all over them, dismissing the visitors for 147 runs in 50.1 overs. Starc, whose place was in doubt before the announcement, bowled Rory Burns for a duck on the first ball of Ashes. The match was then called off for the day due to a wet outfield from rain.

Shane Warne, who earlier criticised Steve Smith vice-captaincy appointment revealed after the match that Smith contacted him on phone and said “‘jeez, you’re a bit harsh on me aren’t you?” and then both of them talked about their opinions from their point of view.

In Warne’s own words, “He messaged me and said, ‘jeez, you’re a bit harsh on me aren’t you?’ and we talked it out. That’s what respect does”

Australia received heavy criticism when their players were caught in the Sandpaper scandal in the 2018 test match in South Africa. Cricket Australia banned both Smith and Warner from leadership positions for1 year and an infinite period of time respectively.

When Paine had to step down from the leadership role, Pat Cummins was appointed as the captain and Steve Smith was promoted to Vice-captaincy. Seeing Smith returning to the leadership post received strong criticism from both Shane Warne and David Warner’s wife with Warner’s wife going on to say that the star batsman may not play BBL ever again.

Warne revealed that both him and Smith talked it out and that they have known each other for a long time. Warne heaped praises on Smith as being one of the great guy, and one of the best batsmen in the Test arena and applauded Smith for talking out the matter with him, rather than going for a personal attack.

“Just because someone doesn’t like your opinion doesn’t mean you have to get nasty and personal about it. Everyone’s allowed to have their opinion. Just because you don’t agree with it.”

Australia will now look to take advantage on the second day. The conditions are still favourable to bowlers and Warne believes that Olli Robinson will be the key.

“England are still in the game if they can knock over Australia for less than 285. Plenty in the pitch. [Ollie] Robinson the key to England taking early wickets.’ England have won only Ashes in Australia under Andrew Strauss’s captaincy in 2010 – 2011.

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