New Delhi: Shane Warne on Thursday defended Australia coach Mickey Arthur despite the team’s dismal show in the ongoing four-Test series, saying the South African should not be made “scapegoat” after the series.
“Making Arthur a scapegoat for the poor performance of the Australian team would be unfair on him. The entire team is responsible for this debacle,” Warne said when asked if Arthur should be sacked.
The 43-year-old also supported Arthur and Aussie team management’s decision to axe four key players, including vice-captain Shane Watson, for not completing a presentation that was meant for improving team's performance ahead of the third Test in Mohali.
“If you see the incident in isolation you will find the punishment a bit harsh. But I am sure there must have been many more things in the lead up to the expulsion,” Warne told reporters.
Warne feels the Australian team would have learnt a lot from this experience and they will emerge better players when they play the Ashes in July.