December 10, 2010

Ashes 2010-11

Benaud to make Ashes comeback?

Brydon Coverdale

All the talk of Shane Warne making an Ashes comeback has left one man a little offended. Fellow legspinner and commentary legend Richie Benaud might be 80, but Australia are looking for a quality slow bowler with a good cricketing brain.

"The really annoying thing about that is that no one has asked me if I wanted to make a comeback," Benaud said. "I think the answer to that is no, because when I started thinking about it, I tried to get my right arm [up] and it wouldn't come up above my shoulder."

Benaud was in a light-hearted mood at the MCG library, where he was launching an exhibition marking four centuries of cricket in print. But when pressed on whether Australia would be better off with Warne, 41, in the Ashes team, he set the record straight.

"Shane was the greatest legspinner there's ever been," Benaud said, "but if he allowed himself to be pressured into playing he'd be off his head."

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