The Ashes 2005 July 28, 2005

Jenner free to coach Warne and England

Cricinfo staff

Shane Warne warmed up at Lord's under the eyes of his long-term mentor © Getty Images

Terry Jenner's roles as Shane Warne's mentor and an ECB legspinning coach have been cleared as a conflict of interest. The ECB received complaints after Jenner had fine-tuned Warne's action before the first Test at Lord's, where his six wickets sent a new generation of English batsmen looking for answers.

However, an ECB spokesman told The Australian Jenner was a consultant rather than a full-time staff member on a program to unearth Test quality spinners by 2007. "As far as we are concerned there is no problem at all," the spokesman told the paper. "Terry Jenner is his own man. He was involved for one specific project and his work on that is finished."

At a pre-Test net session Jenner, who has coached Warne for more than a decade, worked with him for two hours after spotting some areas where his loop and drift could be improved. Warne then produced what Adam Gilchrist said was "some of the best bowling I've kept to from him". "That's a pretty big statement, he has set such high standards," Gilchrist told The Australian. "When he bowls over the top he gets that drift towards leg. Then, when you are spinning it, you only have to spin it six inches and you are going to deceive batsmen."

Gilchrist will miss the tour match against Worcestershire, which starts on Saturday, but plans to work on problems caused by Andrew Flintoff bowling around the wicket. The second Test begins at Birmingham on August 4.