Bowling is India's weak link: Warne

Updated: 19 December 2011 19:00 IST

Spin legend Shane Warne has said that bowling is India's weak link and Australia can exploit this to their advantage in the four-match Test series beginning in Melbourne on December 26.

Bowling is India's weak link: Warne
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Spin legend Shane Warne has said that bowling is India's weak link and Australia can exploit this to their advantage in the four-match Test series beginning in Melbourne on December 26.

"England just beat them four-nil. They have got some wonderful batting and all that sort of stuff but I think their bowling is a bit weak," Warne said.

"And if Zaheer Khan or Ishant Sharma goes down with injury then it should be a good time for the Australian batters," he added.

Ishant did not play in the three-day warm-up match against a Cricket Australia Chairman's XI side that began in Canberra on Monday due to an ankle injury.

The Australians have also been hit hard by injuries. Shane Watson and Ryan Harris are expected to return for the first Test in Melbourne but Shaun Marsh is still recovering from a back problem.

Warne said the packed international schedule was to blame for so many injuries.

"The bottom line is that they have to play too much cricket - there is too much expected of an international cricketer," he said.

"And we are playing two Test series to cram everything in. It is ridiculous. To me that is not right. Let the players recover, so they can be the best players they can be."

On his cricketing comeback in Australia when he was whacked by David Warner in a Big Bash League Twenty20 game on Saturday, Warne said, "I thought I bowled alright, I just got whacked by Warner. I thought it was a wonderful innings."

Playing for Melbourne Stars, Warne finished with 0-19 off two overs as Warner's unbeaten ton steered Sydney Thunder to a six-wicket win.

Topics : Cricket India Australia Shane Warne India in Australia, 2011-12
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