Warne says premature to write off Oz players just yet

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Melbourne, Oct 23 : Spin legend Shane Warne is not convinced despite many critics boldly declaring Australia's era of dominance is at an end, and said that there is no need to write off any players just yet.

The retired leg spinner admitted that the Australians were "generally outplayed" by India while going down by 320-runs in the second Test in Mohali, but insisted they can bounce back - and even repeat their stunning Ashes whitewash when they face England next year.

Blooding their third debutant in as many Tests (Peter Siddle), Australian selectors are facing a worrying generation gap as they struggle to find adequate replacements for Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist and Glenn McGrath.

But Warne remains confident. "Australia just didn't play that well. They are 1-0 down in the series and it will be tough for them. But I'm sure they'll bounce back," Warne said.

Warne said that the concerning factor for him was not that Australia were outplayed but the way the team lost and their ability to take 20 wickets. India didn't allow Australia into the game right from winning the toss.

When the chips are down and you are challenged as a group and as individuals, the great players and the champions stand up, FOX Sports reported.

Warne has challenged the beleaguered Ricky Ponting-led team to stand-up and show that they were made of champions' stuff by tactically fighting out the blues against India.

"When the chips are down and you are challenged as a group and as individuals, the great players and the champions stand up. This is how you separate and define the good teams and individuals from the great," he said.

"Mohali's gone, deal with it. Say well played and carry yourself well, hold your head high. But deep down use it as motivation and keep that hunger that's inside alive," the Daily Telegraph quoted him, as saying.

Warne, however, agreed it was difficult to beat India in India "even with the best of teams" besides the atmosphere was suffocating with fans and media crowding from every quarter.

ANI

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