Australia news January 23, 2014

Warne signs on for T20 coaching role

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

    Good that he is doing something constructive!

  • corey 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

  • Satish 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!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Simon 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?

  • Bren 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Nathan 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.

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

    This should be amusing....

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

    I think nothing special is going to happen.

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