Wrong team won the Ashes, says Warne

Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 14:32 [IST]
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Wrong team won the Ashes, says Warne

Sydney: Australia's domination in the ODI series is an indication that wrong team won the Ashes, says legendary spinner Shane Warne.

Aussies have spectaculary bounced back from their 2-1 Ashes defeat by winning the first five of their seven One-day matches against the English.

"It's great to see them (Australia) playing well," Warne told reporters on Wednesday. "They (England) have a pretty poor side and Australia are starting to hit their straps, they were hurting after the Ashes – it's good to see them bounce back and play well."

Warne said the ODI results vindicate his argument that the Australians were the better side in the Ashes and should not have lost the series. "You don't mind being beaten in any sport if a side outplays you on the day or over a series, then so be it," he said. "I suppose the hardest thing for all us Australians was to watch them play and lose to England, who I didn't think was a better side. You look at all the numbers, the runs and wickets, we dominated all that sort of stuff, but through a few different things here and there... it probably cost us."

Warne was part of the Australian side that thumped England 5-0 at home in 2006-07, helping regain the Ashes and avenge a 2-1 loss away in 2005. He was one of a handful of senior players who retired during or shortly after that series, triggering the present rebuilding of the national side, but predicted Australia would again regain the Ashes when the series returns to Australia in 2010-11.

"I don't think England were a better side than us, no way, but you have to say 'well played' to England because they won," said Warne. "I'm looking forward to them coming out here in 18 months."


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