Aussie legend’s brutal captaincy truth for PaineSteve Waugh.


Steve Waugh has suggested Australia didn’t have a Plan B against India last summer, calling on Tim Paine to start trusting his instincts again when England tours for the Ashes.

Australia sensationally lost the Border-Gavaskar Series to a weakened India side in January after twice failing to bowl out the tourists on day five pitches in Sydney and Brisbane.

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Speaking on Fox Cricket’s Road To The Ashes podcast, Waugh encouraged captain Paine and his troops to free themselves from working out of the manual to regain their swagger.

“You’re planning so much these days, and have all these set plans. (But) when it doesn’t work out, you mightn’t have that Plan B or Plan C, or the one that’s a bit out of the box and left-field thinking,” the Australia legend said on the program, which airs Wednesday at 8.30pm (AEST).

“That was possibly needed by Australia in a few of the matches they should’ve won (against India).

“Maybe we relied too much on the quartet of amazing bowlers and sometimes those guys get tired.

“When (Plan A) doesn’t work you sort of forget about those intuitive instinctive moments that sometimes you need to win a Test match – and potentially we’ve probably missed out on that over the last 12 months.”

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Few people know more about what it takes to win the Ashes than Waugh, who was part of eight-straight series wins between 1989 and 2003.

He took over the captaincy from Mark Taylor in 1999.

Speaking of his successful Ashes experiences, Waugh — who had a win rate of 71.92 per cent from his 57 games in charge of Australia — said: “If you’re going well, I thought there’s no point in tinkering with it too much – just let it roll along and don’t overanalyse.

“That was one of the keys to our success when we won a lot of Ashes series, that we didn’t have too many meetings.”



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