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Warne 'definitely' to play Big Bash League

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 16, 2011

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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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Posted by RandyOZ on (September 19, 2011, 15:36 GMT)

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

Posted by Meety 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!

Posted by   on (September 18, 2011, 6:57 GMT)

I'd like to see muralitharan in Big Bash!

Posted by dsig3 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.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 19:52 GMT)

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

Posted by Saim93 on (September 16, 2011, 19:47 GMT)

How many times has he retired?

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 18:08 GMT)

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

Posted by Biggus on (September 16, 2011, 15:57 GMT)

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

Posted by luisbrunel on (September 16, 2011, 12:10 GMT)

and i thought retirement meant......

Posted by   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!!

Posted by shelts7 on (September 16, 2011, 10:41 GMT)

Great news about Warny playing again. He has given me so much enjoyment over the years watching him play. He is a cricket genius and should be coach of the Aussie test team and as choo and Luke has said he could probably still play test cricket against the poms next year.Hey Graham Gooch played till he was 42.

Posted by lillie_express on (September 16, 2011, 10:39 GMT)

The Wurley Twirlys are coming!

Posted by anver777 on (September 16, 2011, 9:58 GMT)

Really great news !!!! at 42 another stint for Shane Warne !!!!!!!!!! love to see him bowling again.......

Posted by smudgeon on (September 16, 2011, 9:06 GMT)

It's definitely a draw-card, even at 42 he's still a compelling prospect. Hope Willy Wonka gives him some time off for the BBL!

Posted by choo_for_twenty_choo on (September 16, 2011, 8:37 GMT)

@f the title is correct - "'definitely' to play" and not "to 'definitely' play - writers should learn to not split infinitives...! Anyhoo...masterstroke from CrikeyAustralia; with the Ashes looming next year, you have to ask whether Warne's playing BB is a subtle step towards again donning the baggy green at Lords next least, that's what we'd like the Poms to worry about!

Posted by Xain.Yousfani on (September 16, 2011, 7:48 GMT)

even after his retirement i keep on watching his videos on youtube. He is a man who can turn around a match for you in no time.. Wonderful bowler for any and every format of the game.. Would love to see him bowling again.. :-)

Regards, Biggest fan of warnieee :-)

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 7:21 GMT)

retire..but retire gracefully...not tht every thrd aur fourth season u would come and try to make the lime light

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 7:20 GMT)

I thought he retired FROM ALL FORMS OF CRICKET. We all know the power of money

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 6:39 GMT)

Title should read 'Warne to "definitely" play Big Bash League'. Anywhoo, this is great news. But we currently need him to be in the Australian Test team, so he oughta be on the plane to Sri Lanka pretty soon, methinks. There, he can regroup, get fit and be ready to take on India and South Africa, just like old times.

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