Shane Warne claims Australia have made a serious mistake by dropping James Pattinson for the second Ashes Test.
The previously injury-prone Pattinson took two wickets during Australia’s 251-run victory over England at Edgbaston last week.
But Australia opted to leave Pattinson out of their squad for the second match at Lord’s, with either Mitchell Starc or Josh Hazlewood set to replace the Victorian.
Writing on twitter, Australia legend Warne said: ‘Have just heard the Aussies 12-man squad for the Lord’s Test.
There are many reasons why this isn”t a good decision, but the main one is – you never flirt with form. Compare a test match with the replacement who did well in a county game mmmm. I hope this doesn”t backfire on the Aussies & the rain stays away ! Same team for me !!!!!
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) August 13, 2019
‘Shocked to see James Pattinson is not in the squad, he should have been in the playing 11. It’s a very dangerous decision to drop someone after they did well in the opening Test.’
Warne added: ‘There are many reasons why this isn’t a good decision, but the main one is – you never flirt with form.
‘Compare a Test match with the replacement who did well in a county game… I hope this doesn”t backfire on the Aussies and the rain stays away. Same team for me.’
Explaining the decision to rest Pattinson at Lord’s, Australia captain Tim Paine said: ‘I think what we’ve done in the past with James is got him back, we know how good he is so we keep using him and keep bowling him and eventually he’s broken again.
‘We’re really lucky in the fact we’ve got two bowlers (Starc and Hazlewood) in particular on the sidelines that are world class and we want to make sure James is absolutely cherry ripe every time he plays.
‘He’s available for selection but we’ve decided to rest him for this game and make sure that his long-term future is in really good shape.’
England were on top for three days at Edgbaston but still slipped to a damaging 251-run defeat as Ashes holders Australia took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
After the Lord’s Test, the two teams complete the Ashes schedule with trips to Headingley, Old Trafford and The Oval.