Waugh`s Ashes warning to under-performing senior Oz stars

Updated: Oct 29, 2010, 14:51 PM IST

Sydney: Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has warned the national team`s under-performing senior players that they could not count on experience alone to keep their places in next month`s Ashes series.

Waugh said that the selectors should not fear axing some experienced players to strengthen the struggling national line-up.

"I don`t see why. Just because it`s an Ashes series doesn`t make it any different from any other series. You`ve got to put your best 11 players on the park irrespective of age or experience," a newspaper quoted Waugh, as saying.

"I`m never a big believer of picking players by age, it`s more the passion, your form and whether you`re the right person for the job," he added.

The Australian team on the recent tour of India included three batsmen beyond the age of 35 - Ricky Ponting, Simon Katich and Mike Hussey.

Younger members Marcus North (31) Michael Clarke (29) and Shane Watson (29) were also hardly youngsters.

After the 2-0 series defeat, Australia has slipped to fifth position in the ICC Test Championship rankings, its lowest ranking since the rankings were introduced in 2003.

Australia will have a chance to regain its fourth position when it goes head to head with fourth-placed England in a five-Test Ashes series, which starts in Brisbane on 25 November.