In the wake of England’s, Perth hammering it has come as no surprise to me to see Shane Warne criticising the way Andrew Strauss used Graeme Swann at Perth.
I’m never quite sure of Warne’s motives. Is he sticking up for the spinners union? Is he just trying to keep himself in the limelight by giving a spicy opinion for his column? Or is he acting as an Australian secret agent and trying to undermine England with some constructive criticism?
Does he see a chance to try and create a crack in the relationship between Strauss and Swann? After all, it is well known that Swann has previous (a long time ago) in being a touch temperamental.
He also knows that comments made by someone of his stature will be taken on board within the English ranks, despite denials to the contrary.
Of some of the other Telegraph columnists, I agree with Michael Vaughan’s view that it’s time to swap Collingwood and Bell around. Vaughan thinks Collingwood should go out and play some shots, I tend to agree with that, except for his chasing of wide outswingers.
Look at the series Mike Hussey has had, his career was all but over and as a result of this he seems to have gone out and played his shots in a more positive, nothing-to-lose, frame of mind. Maybe Colly needs to adopt that approach. He is getting out to nothing shots at the moment.
Sir Geoffrey was less diplomatic as usual. He said England went down without a fight, I half agree with that opinion. I thought the bowlers tried gamely, but as I wrote previously, I was very disappointed with the way our batting surrendered at the end of day 3, I did think it was a very weak effort.