Shane Warne has revealed he received a call from Australia's new vice-captain Steve Smith to discuss his public criticism of his new role for the Ashes 2021.

India could have easily won the first Test between against New Zealand but a major mistake by Ajinkya Rahane ended the team’s hopes of registering a win in Kanpur, according to Shane Warne.

He questioned the Ajinkya Rahane-led side’s tactics at the Green Park Stadium on the final day. With India picking five wickets in the final session, the Kiwis were on the backfoot. But sensible batting by Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel earned the Kiwis a well deserved draw. Warne was surprised by India’s decision to not take the new ball immediately when it was due after the 81st over. Instead, Rahane took the ball in 84th over.

“Very surprised India didn’t take the new ball when it was available !!!! Strange they are still bowling with the old ball as light and overs running out !!!!!! Thoughts?” Warne tweeted on Monday.

Warne added it could be a turning point which came true after India failed to win the game. “Will the 4 overs bowled with the old ball when the new ball was available be a turning point and allowed NZ to hang on or it won’t matter and India win ???,” he said.

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