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Warne douses comeback talk

Brydon Coverdale

December 6, 2012

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Shane Warne has clarified his comments regarding a Test comeback, declaring that he is "not even considering" such a move in the lead-up to next year's Ashes. Earlier this week, Warne said he had been frustrated with the way Australia's bowlers had let down their captain Michael Clarke during the loss to South Africa in Perth, and if Clarke asked him to make a comeback he was confident he would be able to play to Test standard.

Warne, 43, would have to make such a return through club cricket for St Kilda and Sheffield Shield cricket for Victoria, but he said on Thursday that was not on his radar. Warne, the captain of the Melbourne Stars, was promoting Friday night's Big Bash League season opener between the Stars and the Melbourne Renegades, and he said he had spoken to Clarke during the week to clear up any confusion.

"I spoke to Pup on a few different matters. That's all been pretty cleared up about all that sort of stuff," Warne said. "I'm not asking Michael Clarke. My quotes were all about if you ask me could I do it, I have no doubt that I could. But it's a big commitment. There's grade cricket, there's state cricket, you have to go through that process and hopefully get selected.

"For me it's nothing that I'm even considering. I'm bowling as good as I possibly have for the last five or six years. At this stage right now if you ask me do I want to make a comeback? No. I'm concentrating on the Big Bash."

Warne also dismissed the idea that he could consider playing club or state cricket after the BBL, and said that his commentary duties would keep him busy. "At this stage with my calendar I've got the first Test of Australia vs India for ESPN in India [in February]," Warne said. "So at this stage there'll be no grade cricket."

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Posted by bumsonseats on (December 8, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

warney you must stop saying things like that, the boys will be getting all excited thinking you will called upon to get them out the mire.mind your last outing in the BB 2 overs for 41 runs it was a giggle. you been miked up telling the viewers what you were going to bowl but the batters were not in on the act.mind they did not ask you to go fetch the bowl.maybe your employers in the uk will let you play between your commentary spells of the ashes in the uk to do similar.as your only nearing your 44 years when that starts

Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 7, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

Nat Vine, Spot on - the current Australian team is improving and bringing a bloke out of retirement for one seriws would only be to the detriment off that. As such I feel Warne has overstepped the line and critised the current team. Lyon needs his support not a public backlash because the romance of Warne playing again. I have researched stats on spinners in Australian conditions Lyons is better than Muralitharan, Swann, Panesar, Harbhagan, Vettori the only bloke he is stats arent better than is Warne. He is young and still improving and the public need to get behind him. In my recollection of AUstralian test matches cant remember an opposition bowling us out on a fifth day AUstralian wicket, I remember it being the Dean Headleys, Agit Agarkar and Fanie De Villiers to mention a few. Lyon is as good a spinner as there is in the world yet still young at his craft - he deserves his spot and encouragement from Shane Warne.

Posted by   on (December 7, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

This is stupid. Why not get Lillee to talk about comebacks while we are at it? He is only 60.

Posted by Sooryan_Indian on (December 7, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

This article clearly shows how badly Australia miss WARNEY!.. NO more speculations though from warney, and good that he is making an honest statement.

Posted by SevereCritic on (December 6, 2012, 23:46 GMT)

I would watch Warne over Lyon even if Warne was 50.

Posted by PACERONE on (December 6, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

If you ask me too,I think that he could bowl and get wickets against any test nation.If you watch how batsmen play spin,they are playing for spin,so you could bowl straight and accurate and get lots of wickets.He could let one rip early in the over and that would do the trick.

Posted by thegingerprince on (December 6, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

Warnie can't do any worse than the trundlers currently masquerading as spinners in the Aussie line-up. At least he's got ticker, which they'll need (and lots of it) next year.

Posted by Hamayoun on (December 6, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

Australia are going to lose 10 tests in a row the way England are looking right now. Warne coming back is a no brainer to me, both for his sake and for Australia! And just think about the pure entertainment value of Warne vs Cook and Warne vs Petersen.

Posted by   on (December 6, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

This is exactly the problem that England had in the 1990's. Instead of concentrating on the future they were pre-occupied with finding the next Ian Botham, arguably looking back. You focus on what you have at the time. Australia had like all teams that are great, a solid bowling unit. Warne was just one link in it. Just look at the archives. Many a time the wickets were shared between Lee, McGrath, Warne and others. One man coming back is not going to change things that much. Warne I would imagine knows this himself. Australia need to concentrate on the new guys coming thru. Pattinson, Cummings, Lyon and so on. Lyon is to be fair a far better spinner than any others they have tried. He got spanked in Perth but we all know that it's the fast bowlers who lick their lips there. West Indies in their pomp did not rely on spinners too much did they?

Posted by SurlyCynic on (December 6, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

This is straight out of the Warne manual of press spin and PR - and today he's announced a 'new delivery' he's working on! Called the 'disco ball' of all things. You need some new tactics Warney, we've seen these before! Now where's McGrath with a 5-0 prediction when you need him...

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