Warne Bashes No Spinner Tactic, Top Aussie Cricketer Receives Drug Warning

Warne says go with a spinner while a top Aussie avoids a cocaine scandal.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Legendary spinner Shane Warne is more than a little surprised Australian selectors are considering not using a spin bowler in this summer’s Test match cricket action.

Warne spoke out against hints from the selection committee that Nathan Lyon would not take part in the first Test against South Africa in early November.

"I mean, come on," Warne said Tuesday. "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.

"You should always play a spinner no matter what the conditions are like."

Lyon’s season has not produced his best form thus far in 2012, but Warne believes Lyon will produce again by consistently bowling within his boundaries and not trying to do too much.

In other bowling news, new Australian fast-bowling coach Allister de Winter believes the Test career of Mitchell Johnson is not yet over after the coach backed in the 30-year-old to return to form and push for selection. Johnson has been in better form of late and could earn a recall sometime this summer.

The first Test against South Africa begins November 9.

The Australian reported Tuesday that a top Australian cricketer received an unofficial warning recently after admitting people in his social circle use cocaine.

Though the unnamed player did not test positive to cocaine use he admit to using the drug in a one off incident. The mystery player has not received a ban and does not have a substance abuse problem.

No Australian cricketer has ever tested positive to banned drugs, however Shane Warne was banned for a year in 2003 for his use of a banned diuretic.

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