Australia news January 23, 2014

Warne signs on for T20 coaching role

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Shane Warne has signed on as a specialist spin coach to help Australia's slow bowlers in the lead-up to this year's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. Cricket Australia has confirmed that Warne will join the T20 squad in South Africa in early March and he will support coach Darren Lehmann as what CA described as a "consultant providing specialist coaching to the spin bowlers".

Spin is expected to play a key role in the World T20 given the conditions in Bangladesh and Australia's selection of young legspinner James Muirhead for their T20s against England is an indication that they may be prepared to gamble on raw talent for the tournament. Muirhead has played only three T20 games for the Melbourne Stars this year and a total of five BBL games in his career.

"We believe our national teams can really benefit from more specific skill-based coaching as and when it is needed," Lehmann said. "This will mean that from time to time we will enlist the support of experts in their craft to work with our players and share their experiences.

"In the case of the ICC World Twenty 20, we believe spin bowling will be critical to success. There's no better person than Shane to help guide the spinners we select in that squad. He was a gifted cricketer and remains passionate about spin bowling and seeing our players be the best that they can be. We're thrilled to have him on board."

Warne said: "I'm excited to be working with Australia's spinners in South Africa. I'm looking forward to helping them with some intense bowling preparation ahead of the World Twenty 20, where we'll specifically work on tactics and mindset."

In announcing the T20 squad to play England earlier this week, national selector John Inverarity said as well as Muirhead and Glenn Maxwell, who were both in the group, Xavier Doherty had strong claims on a position for the World T20. He even indicated the veteran Brad Hogg, who turns 43 next month and is a contemporary of Warne's, could receive another recall after playing in the 2012 World T20.

Australia will name their squad for the World T20 in mid-February, and that group will then convene in South Africa after the Test series for three matches in the first two weeks of March. Australia's first match in the World T20 will be in Mirpur against Pakistan on March 23.

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  • Meety on January 25, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Good that he is doing something constructive!

  • mux164 on January 24, 2014, 23:25 GMT

    its about time, warne should have been coaching/mentoring our younger players since he retired.

    if he could get in muirhead/zampa/and boyce's ears our leg spin bowling stocks would be awesome.

    im surprised tim may hasnt jumped onto this aswell as i think he would be our best off spinner since ashley malllet

  • Thefakebook on January 24, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    I still think OZ have some good spinners that are not playing for national side!The"never picked" O'Keefe,the "little known" Zampa,Cameron"who?"Boyce,Jon "can play for Dutch"Holland,Aron"no chance"O'Brain and the Fawad"fast tracked"Ahmed are a few to mention!

  • on January 24, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy: Lets hope at least Shane's good mate KP does a good job in commentary, too in World T20.

  • Insult_2_Injury on January 24, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Had to look at the photo to make sure who the headline was about. That's Shane Warne, right? The same Shane Warne who said coaches were irrelevant at international level?

    So the king of self promotion has missed being around the change rooms, so has changed his mind? He has changed his opinion of coaching, right?

  • bren19 on January 24, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    @Jack Robin - Good point. We don't need the king of spin to teach bowlers to take the spin off the ball and dart it in at leg stump like they do in T20. Get him involved in the test side and teach Smith and Co the art of leg spin.

  • on January 23, 2014, 23:02 GMT

    On a Parallel note, I think Curlty Ambrose and Courtney Walsh should be Bowling consultants for the WI. Cricket needs Great cricketers to be around the team when they are already retired. It helps to improve the morale and is an abundance of motivation for players, especially the younger ones. On this note I wish Warney a hearty congrats on this chapter of his career/life. Australia vs SA should be a treat to all cricket fans. India needs to wake up fast because there are some very hungry teams out there with one thing in mind: BEING # 1. It's about time AUSSIES produce a top-class spinner. Let's hope that under Warney's expertise that one is born.

  • ShutTheGate on January 23, 2014, 22:44 GMT

    @ RednWhiteArmy

    I think he's a great commentator, his insights into the game as it unfolds are great. He's essentially a cricket genius.

    Remember how be fore the recent ashes he stated that Cook was too conservative and that England needed an attacking mindset, and that the Aussies have a solid chance? Many thought he'd be wrong, he was spot on.

    Although I can appreciate how his obvious bias could be annoying for an England supporter. Although Botham is just as biased.

  • Biggus on January 23, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    This should be amusing....

  • denkiller on January 23, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    I think nothing special is going to happen.

  • Meety on January 25, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Good that he is doing something constructive!

  • mux164 on January 24, 2014, 23:25 GMT

    its about time, warne should have been coaching/mentoring our younger players since he retired.

    if he could get in muirhead/zampa/and boyce's ears our leg spin bowling stocks would be awesome.

    im surprised tim may hasnt jumped onto this aswell as i think he would be our best off spinner since ashley malllet

  • Thefakebook on January 24, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    I still think OZ have some good spinners that are not playing for national side!The"never picked" O'Keefe,the "little known" Zampa,Cameron"who?"Boyce,Jon "can play for Dutch"Holland,Aron"no chance"O'Brain and the Fawad"fast tracked"Ahmed are a few to mention!

  • on January 24, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy: Lets hope at least Shane's good mate KP does a good job in commentary, too in World T20.

  • Insult_2_Injury on January 24, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Had to look at the photo to make sure who the headline was about. That's Shane Warne, right? The same Shane Warne who said coaches were irrelevant at international level?

    So the king of self promotion has missed being around the change rooms, so has changed his mind? He has changed his opinion of coaching, right?

  • bren19 on January 24, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    @Jack Robin - Good point. We don't need the king of spin to teach bowlers to take the spin off the ball and dart it in at leg stump like they do in T20. Get him involved in the test side and teach Smith and Co the art of leg spin.

  • on January 23, 2014, 23:02 GMT

    On a Parallel note, I think Curlty Ambrose and Courtney Walsh should be Bowling consultants for the WI. Cricket needs Great cricketers to be around the team when they are already retired. It helps to improve the morale and is an abundance of motivation for players, especially the younger ones. On this note I wish Warney a hearty congrats on this chapter of his career/life. Australia vs SA should be a treat to all cricket fans. India needs to wake up fast because there are some very hungry teams out there with one thing in mind: BEING # 1. It's about time AUSSIES produce a top-class spinner. Let's hope that under Warney's expertise that one is born.

  • ShutTheGate on January 23, 2014, 22:44 GMT

    @ RednWhiteArmy

    I think he's a great commentator, his insights into the game as it unfolds are great. He's essentially a cricket genius.

    Remember how be fore the recent ashes he stated that Cook was too conservative and that England needed an attacking mindset, and that the Aussies have a solid chance? Many thought he'd be wrong, he was spot on.

    Although I can appreciate how his obvious bias could be annoying for an England supporter. Although Botham is just as biased.

  • Biggus on January 23, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    This should be amusing....

  • denkiller on January 23, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    I think nothing special is going to happen.

  • RednWhiteArmy on January 23, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Please god let it be true. Anything to keep him away from a commentary box.

  • on January 23, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Just the lead up to the "Frankly Who Cares" Twenty20?

    What about coming on board at the Centre of Excellence to develop the next crop of spinners. We need leg spinners pushing for a spot in the Australian Test team in the next few years.

  • bren19 on January 23, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    I am interested to see what Warnie can do with Smith. I reckon smith is underrated as a bowler and Warnie might just turn him into our most valuable asset.

  • bren19 on January 23, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Poker not working out Warnie? Nah - outstanding stuff. Our spinners need the Warne factor!!

  • on January 23, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    The king of spin. In bd u have lots of fans . Advance welcome in bangladesh .

  • anver777 on January 23, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Another innings by Shane.. since WC T20 is in BD, i'm sure Aus will benefit a lot from him !!! Good Luck !!

  • tiger1984 on January 23, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    The shane O warne is coming with the Aussie team in our beloved BD.................welcome & hail to the king of spin

  • DragonCricketer on January 23, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    @Shutthegate. Agar may become a batsmen. So stylish. Sobers like. But yes. With spin, he is on the outer now.

  • blobbyblobby on January 23, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    Great too see - long overdue!

  • xtrafalgarx on January 23, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    @Shutthegate: Tom Moody put it best when he said that Agar scoring 98 on debut could possibly be the worst thing to have happened to him. At 20, he still has a long way to go in his development but now there is an expectation on him that he is a future great when he is a future prospect to lead the spin bowling ranks rather than a 100 test playing great.

  • PrasPunter on January 23, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    Best thing to happen to Aus since Warne's retirement ( oh , forgot 5-0.. ok. this is the 2nd best thing )

  • runout49 on January 23, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    Considering Warne doesn't rate Australia's T20 captain George Bailey it should be an interesting time at net practice !

  • popcorn on January 23, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    This is great news! Where were you all these years since you retired, Warnie? We need you for help our budding Test Spinners and ODI Spinners too!

  • ShutTheGate on January 23, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    I love our fascination with finding another world class spinner since Warne retired.

    Fawad Ahmed, Agar and now Muirhead, they've all been touted as a potential future great. Hopefully Muirhead does better than the other two!

  • jonesy2 on January 23, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    Cameron boyce also a huge chance. I would think lyon to be the main spinner is a no brainer though

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  • jonesy2 on January 23, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    Cameron boyce also a huge chance. I would think lyon to be the main spinner is a no brainer though

  • ShutTheGate on January 23, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    I love our fascination with finding another world class spinner since Warne retired.

    Fawad Ahmed, Agar and now Muirhead, they've all been touted as a potential future great. Hopefully Muirhead does better than the other two!

  • popcorn on January 23, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    This is great news! Where were you all these years since you retired, Warnie? We need you for help our budding Test Spinners and ODI Spinners too!

  • runout49 on January 23, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    Considering Warne doesn't rate Australia's T20 captain George Bailey it should be an interesting time at net practice !

  • PrasPunter on January 23, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    Best thing to happen to Aus since Warne's retirement ( oh , forgot 5-0.. ok. this is the 2nd best thing )

  • xtrafalgarx on January 23, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    @Shutthegate: Tom Moody put it best when he said that Agar scoring 98 on debut could possibly be the worst thing to have happened to him. At 20, he still has a long way to go in his development but now there is an expectation on him that he is a future great when he is a future prospect to lead the spin bowling ranks rather than a 100 test playing great.

  • blobbyblobby on January 23, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    Great too see - long overdue!

  • DragonCricketer on January 23, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    @Shutthegate. Agar may become a batsmen. So stylish. Sobers like. But yes. With spin, he is on the outer now.

  • tiger1984 on January 23, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    The shane O warne is coming with the Aussie team in our beloved BD.................welcome & hail to the king of spin

  • anver777 on January 23, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Another innings by Shane.. since WC T20 is in BD, i'm sure Aus will benefit a lot from him !!! Good Luck !!