New Delhi: Spin legend Shane Warne defended Australian coach Mickey Arthur despite the team's dismal showing in the ongoing four-Test series against India, 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.
The 43-year-old also supported the team management's decision to axe four key players, including vice captain Shane Watson, for not completing a presentation which was meant to improve the team's performance ahead of the third Test in Mohali.
"If you see the incident in isolation you will find the punishment a bit hard. 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.
"They are a good side. It's just that they are inexperienced in these conditions. India is always a difficult place to tour. It took us two tours (1998 and 2001) to learn how to win in India," he said.
The 43-year-old added that it would be unfair to term this team as the weakest ever Aussie side to have toured India.
He also expressed hope that Australian outfit would be looking to get one back after being defeated in three consecutive Tests.
"I am sure they would want to end the series on a bit of a high. They must have learnt something and would come out as better players from these four Tests. This would certainly help them for the Ashes later in the year," he said.
Asked why Australia has not been able to produce a quality international spinner since his retirement in 2007, the tweaker said captains at the domestic level need to show more confidence in their bowlers and not worry about leaking runs.
"These days spinners are expected to contain batsmen. In our times, when we were hit for sixes, it was okay. Our captains were patient with us, which is not the case now.
"It becomes important for captains at the first class level to be patient enough with their spinners and give them confidence when they are going for runs," he said.