England not the better side, says Warne
aap.com.au 16 September 2009
Shane Warne believes Australia dominated the Ashes despite the 2-1 series loss to England [GETTY]
The most galling aspect of the Ashes series loss for Shane Warne is his belief that England were not the better team.
Warne feels a combination of great English bowling spells, critical umpiring decisions and poor Australian batting at times cost the tourists over the last few weeks as England won the 2009 series 2-1.
The cricket legend is relishing thought of the next Ashes series in Australia during the 2010-11 summer.
"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," said Warne on Wednesday.
"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.
"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.
"I'm looking forward to them coming out here in 18 months."
While Warne said it was ridiculous that the two teams were playing seven one-dayers after the five Tests and two Twenty20 games, he is enjoying Australia's domination of this series.
Australia leads 5-0 after the latest game on Wednesday (AEST).
"It's great to see them playing well," Warne said.
"If you look at the one-day side they (England) have at the moment, there's not one player ... where you (think) `oh, I don't want to bowl to him, I'm afraid of him.
"They 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 has one year left in his contract as captain-coach of the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL Twenty20 competition.
The 40-year-old is unsure if he will keep playing beyond that.
Warne is a massive fan of the Twenty20 format and is looking forward to fellow master spinner Muttiah Muralitharan playing for Victoria this summer in the Twenty20 Big Bash domestic competition.
West Indian Dwayne Bravo will also play for the Bushrangers in the competition.
"Having `Murali' there is going to add a lot of excitement, there's a big Sri Lankan community here, so they're going to really get behind the Vics," Warne said.
"He's been booed a few times in Australia, so he might get a few cheers this time, which will be nice."
Warne hopes Muralitharan's presence will not stop young Victorian spin bowler Jon Holland from playing in the Twenty20 games.
"Jon Holland is a very good bowler, I'm predicting big things from him, I think he's an Australian bowler in the not too-distant future," Warne said.
"So as long as he still gets the opportunity to play ... they (Victoria) can still play both those spinners in Twenty20."
Warne was speaking on Wednesday at a launch for a DNA test that can predict baldness.
He has a strong commercial partnership with a well-known hair loss replacement company.
Warne resolved never to go bald after shaving his head during an Indian tour, calling the result "terrible".
"Some people look good bald, some people enjoy being bald, I didn't.
"Hair for me is my trademark - I've had some pretty ordinary hairstyles over the years, but I'd like to think I've had some alright ones too."
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