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Mitchell Marsh, Warner most impressive - Warne

Daniel Brettig

February 26, 2012

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Shane Warne poses with a statue of himself unveiled at Melbourne Cricket Ground, December 22, 2011
On Monday, at the Allan Border Medal ceremony in Melbourne, Shane Warne will be added to the honour roll that began in 1996 © Getty Images
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Shane Warne, the latest inductee to Australian cricket's hall of fame, believes David Warner and Mitchell Marsh have the talent and poise to join the rarefied company of the hall's members by the time their careers are out.

On Monday, at the Allan Border Medal ceremony in Melbourne, Warne will be added to the honour roll that began in 1996 and includes such luminaries as Donald Bradman, Dennis Lillee, Ian Chappell and Bill O'Reilly.

Speaking about his receipt of the honour, Warne said Marsh and Warner had demonstrated most clearly to him the potential to go on to great things for Australia in future summers. Warner has made a Test place his own this season, while also advancing his case as a potential leader, and Marsh has impressed as an allrounder, though currently sidelined by injury.

"We've got an exciting bunch of young players in the domestic competition this year," Warne said. "The stand-out players for me were probably Mitchell Marsh - if we don't rush him, we're patient with him, encourage him, let his body develop and start to get a bit more experience, then I think he's going to be a real superstar in cricket.

"David Warner, it was great to see him playing Test cricket this year, I've always said that I thought he could play all forms of the game. So David Warner and Mitchell Marsh, those two have been the stand outs for me and I hope they go on to big things."

Warne's entry into the hall of fame was more or less guaranteed from the moment it was first proposed in 1995 by the Melbourne Cricket Club, his place in the pantheon demonstrated by the unveiling of a Warne statue at the MCG this summer. Nevertheless, Warne was thrilled to join the list, confirming his now comfortable standing with the establishment after plenty of drama and disagreements during his playing days.

"To be inducted into the hall of fame is just a massive honour," Warne said. "It's a privilege, it makes me feel very, very proud. I'm glad I'm sharing that moment with my children and my family. So many wonderful players have been induced into the hall of fame, to be the only player this time, so soon after my retirement [is special]. To be among those names it's an unbelievable honour.

"I've been very lucky to have so many achievements and wonderful moments [while] playing in the Australian cricket team. It was a wonderful group of guys, we managed to win everywhere, home and away, we became the No. 1 team in the world for a long period of time, so there were so many wonderful achievements as a team. But I suppose my personal highlight was my first Test match in 1991-92, walking out onto the SCG, looking up at the scoreboard and it saying 'congratulations Shane Warne, you're the 350th Test cricketer playing for Australia'.

"As a team, my favourite tours were the 1993 Ashes tour and the 1994 tour to South Africa for the first time - after apartheid and all the problems over there, to go back there was an amazing experience. Winning World Cups, Ashes series … I've been very lucky to play in a wonderful era of Australian cricket and make so many friendships."

Looking at Australia's progress this summer, Warne spoke well of the performances of captain Michael Clarke, who Warne had befriended upon his entry to Test cricket in 2004. He also noted that the emergence of a strong cabal of bowling talent is a firm indicator of Australia's re-emergence as a global power after several years of mediocrity.

"I think it's an exciting time for Australian cricket. What we've seen this summer, India came out and Australia played extremely well, there are a lot of bowlers around …" Warne said. "So I think in the next 12 to 18 months we're going to see Australia surge back to No. 1 in the world. I think Michael Clarke's leadership has been fantastic. He's one of my closest and best friends, but I'm not biased at all. I give him a pretty hard time, I rile him hard and try to help him where I can."

As for his participation in the Twenty20 Big Bash League, Warne said a return next summer was unlikely. "Whether I'm going to play next year or not - I don't think so, but who knows I might. Eddie [McGuire, Melbourne Stars president] can be quite a persuasive man. But I enjoyed it."

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Posted by Meety on (February 27, 2012, 0:13 GMT)

Picking future Hall of Famers is a potential kiss of death IMO!

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (February 26, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

Firstly ... the Hall of Fame for Shane Warne. An inevitability obviously. Thanks for all the enjoyment , Shane, its been a priviledge to watch the best spinner of all time. A true superstar. Agree with his comments about the potential of Warner & M Marsh but at the moment it is potential and its a long road to being the finished article. The positive for Australia is that in the 12 months since the Ashes debacle weve seen Warner, Pattinson, Cummins, Starc, Wade, Lyon , Cowan & even Forrest emerge as potential Test players (hopefully the next 12 will see the resurrection of S Marsh & Khawaja too) and Australia finally seems to be moving forward rather than sideways or down as the had been since the end of the 06/07 Ashes.

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

mitch marsh is really a promising talent an under 19 worldcup winning captain and a great allrounder who can bowl 140 kph consistently and is a decent batsman !! wht more u want frm him ?? he can replace shane watson any dayy once he's experienced .

he's a great find.

warner is a fluke !! like afrdi he will fire in 1 out of 10 mathces then again he will gift his wicket in rest 9 matches its a bigg joke tht australia is thinking he can be an future captain

tbts rubbish warner shd even struggle gettin in to team forget abt captaincy

if they want an powerful hitter giv chance to travis birt and aaron finch or blizzard they will be wayy more consistent thn warner any dayy

Posted by Scotty99 on (February 26, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

Mitch Marsh will be better than Shane Watson. Simple as that. And Pattinson looks to have a fantastic future.

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 26, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

so will cummins starc and pattinson. wade too

Posted by MisterObvious on (February 26, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

Wait, is Brettig right in reporting that Warney reckons Warner & Mitch Marsh are on track to join the "rarefied company" of the Hall of Fame of Aus cricket? All Warney says in a direct quote here is that the young Marsh was a "stand-out" in recent domestic competition & has the potential to be a "real superstar in cricket." Marshey is 20 years old & has played in 1 ODI & 3 T20s - that's it! Older bro Shaun was the future of Aus at the no.3 spot - that is, until he recently played the second worst test series OF ALL TIME by a top order bat for any country. Too much pressure & expectation & he crumbled. I reckon we shouldn't be talking up all these young guys so much (Cummins, Pattinson, Starc, Khawaja, etc.) - let 'em build their careers one bloody match at a time. Warner & Mitch Marsh have a helluva long journey ahead - let's discuss superstardom & hall of fame when they've actually achieved it - like, years & years from now.

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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