Australia news September 16, 2011

Warne 'definitely' to play Big Bash League

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shane Warne has declared that he will come out of retirement to play in the Big Bash League this summer, but he has not yet decided which team will win his services. Warne, 42, has not played elite cricket in Australia since his final Test, at the SCG in January 2007.

His return will be a massive boost for the first season of the BBL, a competition that Cricket Australia has high hopes for when it starts in December. Warne said on The Footy Show on Channel Nine that he had not decided whether to turn out for the Melbourne Stars, who will play at the MCG, or the Docklands-based Melbourne Renegades, but that he was definitely planning to play.

"It's great that there's two teams here," Warne said. "I'm not leaning one way or the other. I'm definitely going to play a few games and have some fun. I think it will be nice to help the young players out and have a bit of fun with the Twenty20."

Warne retired from the IPL this year but has been hinting for some time at a possible comeback for the BBL. He won't be the only former Australia star to come out of retirement for the Twenty20 tournament; the Brisbane Heat have already signed Matthew Hayden.

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  • Randolph on September 19, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Good to see Warney emulating Johnny Farnham.You can never have enough come backs!

  • Andrew on September 18, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    Good on him. Hopefully it might inspire potential young tweakers to endure a potential sporting life of misery & non-reward! LOL!

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    I'd like to see muralitharan in Big Bash!

  • django on September 17, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    This guy has retired more times than Afridi. He needs the edge of competition to keep him going. It would be nice if he finished in Australia.

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Champion is Coming, and i hope he will be leading from the front...........

  • Saim on September 16, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    How many times has he retired?

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Good news for warnee fans !!!! Looking forward to see him back in action.

  • Richard on September 16, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    I don't care if Gary Sobers is playing, I won't be watching this silly event.

  • Yuva on September 16, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    and i thought retirement meant......

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    I love Shane Warne. After the great Imran Khan, he is the best ever captain I have the pleasure to watch. I wanted more of him in IPL. Come back to IPL Shane!!

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