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Warne says coach Arthur not solely responsible for Oz's India debacle

Sydney, Mar 23 : Spin great Shane Warne has defended much-criticised Australian head-coach Mickey Arthur and said that he should not be held solely responsible for the tourists’ Indian debacle in the Border-Gavaskar series.

However Warne did not nominate Arthur as his preferred head coach in his infamous ‘manifesto’ on Australian cricket and was critical of the decision by Arthur and team management to suspend four players, including vice-captain Shane Watson, from the Mohali Test for a disciplinary breach, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Defending the coach, Warne said that he does not believe that Arthur should be singled out for the Australians poor performances on the sub-continent, adding that making the coach a scapegoat for the team’s debacle is unfair on Arthur as the entire team is responsible for this fiasco.

Although Warne said that the suspension of Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja was too harsh, he did not hold Arthur solely responsible for that, adding that a number of things must have led to the expulsion.

However, Warne said the former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming should be the team''s head coach instead of Arthur. Arthur, in the job since November 2011, has been the chief target of critics of the unprecedented disciplinary measure, and was even prompted to announce this week he was shutting down his Twitter account following abuse on the social media site, the report added.

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