Big Bash League news December 12, 2011

Warne suffers minor burns in cooking mishap on BBL eve

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shane Warne has suffered serious burns to his bowling hand a mere five days from the Melbourne Stars' first match in the Twenty20 Big Bash League, placing his fitness for the start of the tournament in some jeopardy.

The burns, which Warne relayed to the world via a graphic image on Twitter, were sustained in a cooking accident.

His team was due to take part in a practice match on Monday, though the Stars have indicated that Warne was not scheduled to take part in the fixture.

"Not ideal preparation for practice match today-burning the bowling hand Get better quickly please,any suggestions-HELP," Warne wrote. "Ps no more trying to be a master chef ! Stop and by a bacon roll on the way to the ground next time - silly Shane !"

Cameron White, the Stars' captain, said Warne was confident he would be fit to play on Saturday.

"I saw his hand and I saw the pic on Twitter as well - it's one of those things, it looks a lot worse than probably what it is," White told reporters. "He said to me in the rooms before that he's pretty sure he'll be able to bowl on Wednesday and 100 per cent confident he's going to play on Saturday as well.

"It's just part and parcel of Warney. The boys are really looking forward to playing with him and what he brings to the table - from burning his hand cooking a bacon sandwich to everything that he'll do out on the ground."

Warne's mishap was not the only drama to envelop Melbourne's two T20 teams in the days before the start of the BBL.

Another Star, the Tasmanian allrounder James Faulkner, suffered a dislocated finger in the field during the practice match, while the Renegades' Brad Hodge has suffered a hamstring injury. Simon Helmot, the Renegades coach, said he felt "sick" after confirmation that Hodge had suffered a hamstring tear.

"Obviously when one of your main men go down, it's disappointing," he said. "He was a bit dejected at the time, he was really disappointed. But he's a competitor, he'll do everything possible to get himself right as soon as possible."

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  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    @jameswayne: Wow so much vitriol. Shane Warne has nothing to prove. His contributions to Australian cricket are immeasurable, but all you people can do is denigrate him for his choice of lifestyle post-retirement. Give it a rest. Better yet, YouTube Shane Warne and watch some highlights of his career - perhaps then you'll see what he has done for Australian cricket. Jeez.

  • Lachlan on December 13, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    @Paullie, uhh, that is how Faulkner is spelt. Both the BBL and the IPL have made T20 overkill, too many matches, too much hype, for what are really competitions of no consequence beside commercial gain.

  • Tim on December 12, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    @jameswayne - That's a bit harsh. This bloke pounded his body for years for Australia, and gave us years of unprecedented success. He doesn't owe anyone anything, I think he's earned the right to do what he wants. Also, he has put in tons of work behind the scenes to help Australia's bowlers. They just weren't very good, that's not his fault. Also Australian cricket didn't treat him very well, I don't give two hoots what he did off the field he should have been captain of the Australian team instead of Ponting and probably even Waugh. So what's he done for Australian cricket? Bucket loads, a lot more than you. Leave him alone.

  • Baundule on December 12, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    Good luck, Warnie! He is still a magician and can win matches both as a bowler and as a strategician. The incident, however, makes a good betting cause: will Warnie play, or will he not? :D

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    I'm a big fan of Warne .... love to see him on bowling again .... i would suggest to apply HONEY on burns will be cured .... it's ancient way of doing in INDIA. GET WELL SOON WAAAAAARRRNEEEEEEEEEEEEE ............ :)

  • Travis on December 12, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    @satyam.sharma: Who are you replying to, exactly? Nobody has claimed that the BBL will come close to the IPL. People only "bash" the IPL because it's T20, which is a clearly inferior form of cricket to Tests and ODIs. I don't watch the IPL, and I won't be watching the BBL either, because T20 is hit-and-giggle rubbish.

  • Bohurupi on December 12, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Sorry about that! Shane... looks pretty bad. Get a gracious woman for good (if you haven't yet) and delegate the job to her...will surely do lot better!!!

  • Piyush on December 12, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Australia will be better off to get Warnie back just for his bowling and then may be field with 10 players, he looks so fit even today and better bowler than any in current australia squad.

  • Satvinder on December 12, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Looks like Warney is finding Liz Hurley 'too hot to handle'

  • Rohit on December 12, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    IPL and BCCI to blame!!!!!

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