'Disappointed' Warne 'felt like coming out of retirement to bowl in Perth Test'

Sydney, Dec 4(ANI): Legendary leg spinner Shane Warne has slammed Australian bowlers for their ineffective showing in the Perth Test against South Africa, saying that he felt like coming out of retirement to bowl in the match.

Warne said only Peter Siddle should be a guaranteed selection for next week's series opening Test against Sri Lanka.

South Africa trounced Australia by 309 runs in the final Test match to claim the series 1-0 and retain their top Test ranking.

Warne was scathing of Australia's second-innings bowling effort against South Africa, reiterating he was so frustrated by it he "felt like jumping off the couch, flying to Perth and grabbing the ball".

"I might have got whacked but that's what I felt like doing. It was pretty frustrating for everyone to watch that," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Warne, as saying.

"I was disappointed with our bowling attack in Perth. The conditions, OK, were a bit flat but Michael Clarke had no chance to set a field when guys are bowling knee-high full-toss, wide, straight, full, short," he added.

Australia replaced the entire pace attack for the Test at the WACA Ground.

James Pattinson was injured but selectors and fitness staff deemed Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus too fatigued after the Adelaide Test to play the following match.

Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson and debutant John Hastings replaced them.

The Proteas dismantled the replacement bowlers on days two and three to take the match away from Australia.

Johnson, with match figures of 6-164, was arguably the best performer but conceded about 3.9 runs per over, as did Hastings, who claimed 1-153.

Starc claimed eight wickets but conceded an average of 4.65 runs from his 45 overs. (ANI)