The tourists headed into a ongoing fifth and final Test during The Oval in south London carrying already surrendered a Ashes during 3-1 down in a five-match series.
There had been conjecture that with The Oval strife a ‘dead’ rubber, Australia would remember 22-year-old quick bowler Pat Cummins in place of a harmed Josh Hazlewood.
Cummins done a marvellous debut, holding 6 for 79 opposite South Africa during Johannesburg in 2011 though aptness problems meant he has nonetheless to make his second Test appearance.
However, Cummins was left out during The Oval, with Australia opting instead to move in Peter Siddle for a 30-year-old Victorian’s initial Test of this series.
Leg-spin good Warne, commentating for Sky Sports, pronounced both captain Michael Clarke and manager Darren Lehmann wanted Cummins in a group though had been overruled by Marsh.
“By all accounts, a word on a travel it was his call,” Warne said.
“The captain and manager and everybody wanted Pat Cummins to play.
“But Rod Marsh as authority of selectors flexed his muscles and pronounced ‘I wish to play Peter Siddle’.”
Warne combined that Marsh, an superb wicketkeeper/batsman in a successful Australia side of a 1970s, had “got it wrong” in opting for a gifted Siddle over Cummins.
“That’s only common clarity for Pat Cummins to play this Test,” Warne said. “They’ve done some stupid decisions.
“Sometimes that happens when you’re losing, a panic starts.”
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