No great surprise to hear Shane Warne giving his views today on the issue of Andrew Strauss deciding not to tour Bangladesh later this month.
As an Englishman I sometimes think, should I be pissed off with Warne criticizing English cricket? And the answer is, No, I don’t believe I should be.
Warne dosen’t just slag something or someone off when giving his view, his comments are generally constructive and in my view are generally right. And on this occasion he is probably right again.
It is disrespectful to Banglasdesh (if not Test cricket as well), and if England come unstuck over there I’m sure there will be no shortage of takers waiting to say serves you right.
With my England hat on I have stated that I think the rights or wrongs of Strauss not touring will only be judged at the end of the Ashes series. But with my cricket hat on, I do believe the captain should always be there to play Test cricket when fit and available.
I can just imagine the amount of England fans thinking, Warne is slagging England off again, when they heard his remarks today. But in my view he isn’t, it is constructive criticism.
In a time where players are media trained to give interviews without actually saying anything, it is refreshing to hear someone giving their views without worrying about upsetting someone or a cricketing body. Long may Warne continue to say these things, in my view cricket is all the better for it.