Ashes 2013: Mark Waugh says Australia could recall David Warner
Mark Waugh told Cricket AM about Australia's 'iffy' batting and why team-mates don't need to be best buddies.
Last Updated: 22/07/13 6:26pm
Warner, 26, has not featured for the Baggy Greens since he attacked England opener Joe Root in a Birmingham nightclub during June's ICC Champions Trophy, but Australia legend Waugh thinks his country's batting struggles could ensure the left-hander is recalled.
Michael Clarke's charges have failed to pass 300 in their four Ashes innings to date and have slipped 2-0 down in the five-match contest ahead of game three at Emirates Old Trafford, which begins, live on Sky Sports Ashes HD, on August 1.
Waugh - who amassed over 8,000 Test runs between 1991-2002 - insists that Australia have plenty of batting talent, but says they must play more responsibly if they want to fight their way back into the series.
"You can only make so many adjustments to the team but I would imagine Warner will come back into the side and perhaps slot in at number six," said Waugh, who scored 20 centuries in the five-day arena.
"Shane Watson hasn't performed up to his capabilities yet but he is an excellent player, Phil Hughes has ability, Clarke is world class and we have Brad Haddin at seven, so we have the ability and it is just about confidence.
"A lot of these guys are young and inexperienced and they are trying to stamp their authority, but some of their techniques are a bit iffy against swing bowling, especially the top order players, so I think they need to bat their own style and spend time at the crease."
Former Australia coach Mickey Arthur, who was dismissed just 16 days before the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, cast doubt over the Antipodeans' unity by claiming Clarke told him that opening batsman and medium-pace bowler Watson was a "cancer" on the team.
However, Waugh - who played domestically for New South Wales in his homeland and for Essex in English county cricket - says it is not imperative that squad members are "best mates" as long as they are fully focussed out on the pitch.
"Everyone has their own friends in the team and you don't have to get along with everyone like a best mate," added the 48-year-old, who pouched 181 Test catches in his 128 matches and won each of the six Ashes series he competed in.
"There were factions in our team as there were lots of guys from New South Wales and you tended to stick with the guys you played state cricket with, but when you are out on the field you have to be united and do the job."
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