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Warne warns of dressing room dilemma

Spin king Shane Warne says Australia's cricketers need to be careful that bowlers and batsmen don't turn on each other in the dressing room.

After one and a half Ashes matches, the fast bowlers appear to be having a better time in England.

It's even been left up to the bowlers to score the runs more often than not.

While Australia's batsmen showed no respect for their wicket and capitulated on day two of the second Test to be all out for 128, the bowlers kept ripping in.

Given just 54 overs to rest after Ryan Harris (5-72) led the way in knocking England over for 361 in the first innings, the attack returned later on Friday to once again mop up the batsmen's failings.

Lion-hearted quick Peter Siddle took 3-4 in an inspired performance to leave England 3-31 at stumps.

It certainly isn't the bowlers' fault that England still hold a 264-run lead that's likely to set the platform for a 2-0 series lead.

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Warne, who was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Lord's on Friday, said Australia needed to be careful that emotions don't spill over into bitterness.

"You need to be careful it doesn't become a batsman versus bowlers thing in the dressing room," Warne said during commentary on Sky.

"You want your batsmen to go and do the job ... to put in a good job in the field. And then have to... walk back out there a few hours later ... everything starts to hurt. It's realy hard now for the Australian bowlers, you've got to feel for them.

"(There can be) heated debate in the dressing room. It's important they try and stick together and it's a big test of character for this team."

Coach Darren Lehmann said his men would not divide under pressure.

"We all bowl together, we all bat together," he said.

"And as the 11 batters, we didn't do well enough. It's as simple as that."

Warne, the second highest wicket-taker of all time with 708 scalps, said it was an honour to be the 71st inductee into the hall of fame.

"To get voted by your peers, it's a very humbling experience to join some unbelieveable legends who were your heroes watching them," Warne said.

"So for me it's a big day, a proud day and just to be in there and thought of is pretty amazing."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia.

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