Warne warns Oz selectors against getting too formal with players

Johannesburg: Spin legend Shane Warne has warned Australian selectors against adopting an excessive formal approach with the players, adding such a move could hinder players` growth.

Warne added selectors needed to take up a less formal approach to bring the best out of the players even if it means allowing one or two to sort out their differences behind closed doors.

Team management have been criticized for disciplining Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson and Usman Khawaja for failing to carry out a homework task set by coach Mickey Arthur on the tour of India, the paper said.

Australia was crushed in the first two matches and Watson, Johnson, Pattinson and Khawaja have now been suspended for the third Test.

Warne said on Tuesday if you wind back the clock to the old days it was about going to a pub or locking yourselves in a room with a few beers in a relaxed environment and making it all informal.

Warne added with everyone just having a chat, it always leads to something and the more formal you make things, it makes people not want to express themselves.

Warne further said if two guys in the Australia team have got an issue they can punch one another in a corner if they have to but you sort it all out, wake up the next day, all walk across the line together and away you go.

Warne, one of the greatest slow bowlers of all time after amassing 708 Test wickets at an average of 25.41, jokingly said he would probably have been banned as well if he had been asked to do homework.

The legendary leg-spinner also believes there is more to the homework issue than meets the eye.