Shane Warne believes that former Australian skipper Steve Waugh is wide of the mark in suggesting the Australian side was too friendly with England in last year's Ashes defeat.
England triumphed 2-1 to reclaim the famous urn for the first time in 17 years, but Warne said that it was simply a result of under-performance and not amiable relations with the opposition that led to the defeat.
"It has not got anything to do with it. If we had batted a bit better then we would have done better," Warne told a press conference.
"We have been pretty successful, apart from one series, and you can read too much into it. It is easy to sit back when you are not playing and say we should be doing this and should be doing that. There is no disgrace in getting beaten by a better side."
Warne, who is skipper of English county side Hampshire, has also entered the debate on whether England should have separate captains for Test and limited overs cricket in the wake of Michael Vaughan's knee injury.
The ailment to Vaughan may lead to his step down form one-day internationals, leaving the door open for Andrew Flintoff to fill the void, but Warne thinks the 'one captain for all' policy is a better option.
"I like having one captain. It should be a treasured position and he should be someone all the guys look up to. Two can work but one is better.
"Michael Vaughan is a very good player and a very good captain, he's very aggressive and he's got all the shots and is a very important part of the team. But he has got to perform and be worth his place in the side."