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Shane Warne slams Australia cricket's new buzzwords as 'verbal diarrhoea'

Australia has endured a tough time on and off the field since Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were banned for their role in attempting to alter the ball with sandpaper in a Test match

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Shane Warne. Photo Wikimedia
File photo of Shane Warne. Photo: Wikimedia

Test great says Australian cricket's new buzzwords, including "elite honesty", make him "vomit" and actions not words should be the focus as the team works to turn itself around.

Justin Langer, appointed after the ball-tampering scandal in exposed a win-at-all-costs mentality, has cited the phrase as the way forward for Australian

It followed a review last week into the culture at and a "players pact" calling on cricketers to respect the game's tradition and "make Australians proud".

"Elite honesty" was reportedly one phrase plastered on the walls of the team's changing room ahead of their one-day clash with in on Sunday, with fans poking fun at it on

And Warne, never one to mince his words, let rip during television commentary.

"Forget all the words, forget the verbal diarrhoea and all that sort of stuff," he said on Fox Sports. "That's just rubbish, that sort of stuff. Seriously, it makes you want to vomit.

"At the end of the day, is a simple game and it's a performance-based game. You've got to perform on the field.

"All these words and everything -- it's all about actions. And I think it's got to be the basics." He added that the lead the way and "the rest come after you".

"You inspire from within with your performances and the way you perform on the field.

"None of this writing words, 200-page documents, just get out and play better."

has endured a tough time on and off the field since Steve Smith, and were banned for their role in attempting to alter the ball with sandpaper in a Test against in March.

Then-quit soon after while Cricket has since left and fell on his sword last week.

In attempting to explain the meaning of "elite honesty" last week, Langer said: "It's the Australian way as I know it.

"You can lie to everyone else, but you can't lie to yourself. So that's elite honesty to yourself," he added.

"And also the Aussie way as I know it is to look a bloke in the eye, look your sister or you mum in the eyes, and tell them the truth and be happy to get some truth back, so that's elite honesty.

First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 09:40 IST