Former Australian great Shane Warne slammed England to drop James Anderson and Stuart Broad for the first Ashes Test at the Gabba.
Instead of the experienced duo, England went with Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson and Mark Wood.
Speaking to Fox Sports, Warne said England had a chance to put Australia under pressure as Anderson and Broad would’ve been dangerous on the green track.
“It’s huge. It’s one of those things, you would have thought the think tank of the England squad would have been, ‘Let’s hit Australia first up’. It looks overcast at the Gabba, the pitch looks green, Anderson and Broad together, strike while the iron’s hot. Broad’s had the wood on Warner so if I was going to rest them and keep them for as many Test matches as you can, play them in the first couple.”
Warne further added England’s two most successful bowlers should have played in Brisbane and Adelaide.
“I would have thought play the Gabba, play at Adelaide and then if you have to mix and match a bit and rest and rotate, then so be it. Australia lost a Test at the Gabba last summer (against India) for the first time in over 30 years, I would have been hitting them right between the eyes with Anderson and Broad but unfortunately they (England) have decided to rest them.”