Warne warns Oz selectors over not picking spinner for Gabba Test against Proteas

Sydney, Oct 23(ANI): Leg spin legend Shane Warne has said the Australian selectors should not even think about not picking a spinner for the first Test match at the Gabba, Brisbane against the South Africans, and backed Nathan Lyon to prove his worth in the all important series.

Warne rolled his eyes when confronted with the perennial question of whether to unleash four fast bowlers for the opening Test of the summer on a juiced-up Gabba pitch

"I mean, come on, always play a spinner, no matter what the conditions are. You don't just pick a team for the first innings, you pick a team for the third and fourth innings of matches, and you always should play a spinner," the Age quoted Warne, as saying.

The Gabba was one of Warne's favourite Australian venues, yielding him 68 wickets at 20.30 in 11 Tests.

Warne believes Lyon can blossom by doing the basics well rather than attempting a mystery ball such as those practised by the likes of Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal and the West Indies' Sunil Narine.

"Graeme Swann does OK, he bowls an off-break and a straight one. So I think Nathan Lyon has done very well too and if he can just concentrate on his off break and the straight one, I'm sure he will be fine," Warne said. (ANI)

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