Warne predicts England win
Former Australian leg spinner Shane Warne has predicted that England is going to win the upcoming series against South Africa by a healthy margin of 2-0. Warne said that South Africa is a very good team, but the England players are playing under their home conditions and they know how to play well under these conditions. Warne said that England team is in great form. The English players are confident and everyone in the team knows his role very well.
Warne also gave some tips to the England bowlers on where to bowl to the Proteas batsman. Warne advised the English bowlers to bowl wide outside the off stump to the South African captain Graeme Smith. As per Warne, Smith is not a strong driver of the bowl. So, he would struggle against the outside off stump deliveries. The English bowlers shouldn’t bowl on the pads of Smith; otherwise, they would be punished.
According to Warne, Jacques Kallis is not that good against the short deliveries. So, Warne advised the English captain Andrew Strauss to bring Stuart Broad into the attack as soon as Kallis comes to bat. Stuart Broad is very good at bowling the short balls. Also, Warne thinks that AB De Villiers is not that comfortable against the spinners. So, Graeme Swann should be brought into the attack as soon as De Villiers comes to bat. The champion leg spinner said that Hashim Amla is a stroke player. So, the English bowlers should frustrate him by keeping him quiet for some time.
Warne said that the English selectors have taken the right decision by replacing Jonny Bairstow with Ravi Bopara. He said that Bairstow was vulnerable against the short bowling and he would have struggled against the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. He said that Ravi is a talented player. But, sometimes due to bad luck and sometimes due to injury, he struggled to find a place in the side. Now, he has been given another chance and hopefully, he would make the most out of it.