Sydney — Shane Warne has dismissed Australia’s struggling Test side as “ordinary” and said they needed a “kick up the backside” after their series flop against Pakistan. Australia suffered a 373-run defeat against Pakistan in the second of the two-Test series last week after a familiar batting collapse, following a fightback to secure a draw in the first Test. “It’s been pretty ordinary, hasn’t it?” the Australian spin legend told reporters on Monday. “We all support the Aussie side as we do but they need a kick up the backside at the moment because they’re not performing well.” Warne also took aim at Mitchell Marsh, questioning why he was selected as vice-captain. “I hadn’t even thought before that series that he had established himself in the team,” Warne said. “I don’t think he’s cemented a spot and that’s why it was a strange selection for me as vice-captain. He only averages 25 or 26 in Test cricket.” The outspoken cricket great said he was a “huge fan” of the Marsh brothers - ...

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