Warne slams Australia’s new ‘elite honesty’ concept


Shane Warne has slammed the new buzzwords in Australian cricket and also urged the national side to find their best captain to lead the team on and off the field.

Warne’s comments came after another difficult week for the Cricket Australia board, following the release of a team and culture review.

A 38-word Player Pact was unveiled, photos revealed words such as “patience”, “pressure” and “elite honesty” emblazoned in the Australian dressing room.

Warne, who was speaking as Australia was slipping to a crushing defeat in the first of three ODIs against the Proteas on Sunday, also said the new catch phrases “make you vomit”.

While commentating during game in Perth, Warne said: “They need to find the best captain, find who’s going to be the best captain for each form of the game and say ‘guys, run with me’.

“Forget all the words, forget all the verbal diarrhoea and all that sort of stuff. That’s all rubbish, seriously, it makes you vomit.

“You can write your 200-page document, you can have sports science and high performance and all that other ridiculous stuff.

“I think some of the stuff they’re worrying about is trying to look like they’re doing the right thing.”

The review and all other changes have taken place as Australia still try to recover from the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

The current players also took note of the Ethics review and made a pact to “respect the game and it’s traditions”.

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Warne though countered: “You can’t forget what Australians are, their DNA, and that is hard, aggressive, positive cricket and then play fairly.

“At the end of the day you’ve got to play cricket, it’s a simple game and it’s a performance-based game. You’ve got to perform on the field. All these words and everything, it’s all about actions and I think it’s all about basics.

“The captain and vice-captain lead the way and the rest come after you. You inspire, inspire from within with your performances and the way you perform on the field. None of this writing words, 200-page documents, just get out and play better.”