The Ashes 2010-11 December 8, 2010

Shane Warne flattered by comeback talk

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Shane Warne has said he is "flattered" at all the talk of a possible comeback to help Australia's struggling bowling attack and stopped short of completely ruling out a return even though it would be a huge admission of the team's current failings.

Warne has arrived in London on a promotional trip for his new chat show and was greeted at Heathrow Airport by photographers and reporters who were only interested in one topic. "Just landed in London it's freezing and was welcomed by press and photographers asking am I making a comeback? What have I missed ?," he posted on his Twitter feed.

Earlier, his Daily Telegraph column made a brief mention of the debate in Australia, which has led the creation of a fund and a website - bringbackwarne.com - that is aiming to raise enough money to bring Warne out of retirement. "We offer the Rescue Fund to the King of Spin," the website says, "pleading with him once again to don the baggy green and attempt us to win back the Ashes."

"There has been a bit written in Australia and people have been asking me about making a comeback," Warne wrote in the newspaper. "All I can say is that it is very flattering to hear those words."

However, he preferred to look at what options Australia could take among their current players. It is almost certain that Xavier Doherty won't be retained after taking three wickets in his first two Tests and being punished by the England batsmen.

"Do they opt for Nathan Hauritz or a wrist-spinner like Steve Smith?", Warne wrote. "Do they play two spinners or none at all and prepare a green, grassy wicket in Perth? That would be a big gamble against England's seam attack.

"The pitch is not fast and bouncy these days, so maybe you get a local guy who knows the Perth conditions, like left-arm spinner Michael Beer. Sometimes horses for courses works. Australia have to explore all options and win this next match to get back into the series. They need to look at all avenues and go all out for a win."

Beer, 26, has taken 16 first-class wickets in five matches at 39.93. He played against England in their opening tour match at Perth and claimed 5 for 207 but conceded runs at five per over.

Hauritz is favoured for a recall, and hit a hundred as nightwatchman for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield match against South Australia having gone wicketless in his first innings. However, in his previous Shield match, against Western Australia at the WACA, he took a five-wicket haul.

"Whenever you're dropped you are always looking to perform well," Hauritz said. "I've been lucky enough to take some wickets and score some runs but the job's only halfway done. I was dropped for not doing my role in the side. I've got to go back to first-class cricket and prove I can do that and restore the faith in the selectors and the captain. If you're taking wickets, scoring runs and playing the role they want you're put in their faces."

Meanwhile, back in Melbourne, England's wicketkeeper, Matt Prior, admitted he was bemused by the rumours. "I've absolutely no idea what's going on," he said. "I don't read the press, I don't hear anything, I don't listen to any of it. If he's going to come back, great. If he's not, who knows? Whoever comes into their team we'll have to look at, process, work out how we're going to play against them like any other player, whether it be Shane Warne, Merv Hughes or anyone else. We'd look at them, the video footage and respect them like any other cricketers, so that's what we're going to do."

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  • pranav301283 on December 15, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    Australians mock how Indians keep raving about Sachin. What about them raving about Bradma ? or Warne, like in this case ? Get over it, move on. Warne has long since retired. He was gr8, but now find a good spinner or perish, but he aint coming back.

  • on December 14, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Only one thing Wat Aussies can do is just hand over the ashes to the blistering English men.

  • on December 12, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    If Punter perform well the whole batting department win the match. And one more thing throw out chappel it will also help not to win but for perform well in future.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on December 12, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    I just started practicing spin bowling: slow left arm, right arm googly and under arm straight. I also got secret weapon rather a new invented ball (not the carrom ball, doosra or slinger). I got a club match in 2 days and trying to get into NSW against QLD sheffield match starting on 18th. I hope I can play in the 5th TEST in Sydney because I live in Sydney and very much familiar with SCG pitch. I pray Mr Hildrith. I am not BEER, WHISKEY, RUM, or VODKA.

  • parpranav on December 12, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    i don't think warne's comeback is the answer australia is looking for......i suggest they pick nathan hauritz as he is very effective in home conditions considering he did very well last year against pakistan and west indies.and also make some changes in the pace attack.....give dirk nannes a chance!i don't know why his name is not even considered!he has the perfect line and length and a terrific pace to match with it!

  • on December 11, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Well it is just stupidity from australians....they have to look wat they have now and bringing back warne will not affect them......

  • on December 11, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    if Ponting breaks his lull, anything can happen. Maybe a triple may send the message.

  • GODsDream............WC2011 on December 11, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    No way.......Bowling takes toll of your body ...... Warne cant be remotetly as lethal as he used to be he should not even consider coming back ...... If he gets beating then these patriotic OZ will only bash him .........moreover whole of the Team is Weak its just not spin department Warne cant win whole match on his own........and with Rajasthan Royals though he captained superbly but he dint really bowl well so how can we fancy that he will be bowling well

  • Niju_001 on December 11, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Why are these Aussies performing like underdogs? They were the world champions for quite some time! The answer is: GREG CHAPPELL. He has got a wonderful effect that he can break a quality team apart. Look what he did for India... India had a good team and was threatening to don the no. 1 spot under the captaincy of dada and when he cameback dada had to take all the flak and was ousted. Sehwag was dropped, Irfan pathan India's then strike bowler became history. Middle order batsmen like Kaif and Raina was asked to open the batting. Kaif who was successfully enjoying his no. 7 spot and his electric fielding was considered dump and was finally ousted too. End Result: India looked out of sorts. What happened after that, he was thrown away and India today is the No.1 side in the world. The Aussies too have to throw this guy Chappell away and you will see the difference in their performance. JUST THROW OUT CHAPPELL IT WILL MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFRENCE.

  • rock-10-ware on December 11, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    Aus are unlikely to win 2 of the nxt 3 tests, the selectors are unable to settle on a team. over the last two tests the only consistently good batsmen have been watson, katich, hussey and haddin, the other either inconsistent or consistently bad. there is no specific bowling attack johnson did nothing in the 1st test, doherty achieved little similarly with hilfenhaus and siddle in the 2nd test. The phil hughes is a liability. pontings too old. clarkes off form. Hodge should be in the side as the teams no. 3 batsmen. Talk of bringing players out of retirement shows how desperate aus are and is out of spirit of the ashes. in conclusion this collapse of the aus team is due to all their top class players - hayden, langer, mcgrath, lee, gilchrist, martyn, warne, gillespie - all retiring at once symonds is also missed

  • pranav301283 on December 15, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    Australians mock how Indians keep raving about Sachin. What about them raving about Bradma ? or Warne, like in this case ? Get over it, move on. Warne has long since retired. He was gr8, but now find a good spinner or perish, but he aint coming back.

  • on December 14, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Only one thing Wat Aussies can do is just hand over the ashes to the blistering English men.

  • on December 12, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    If Punter perform well the whole batting department win the match. And one more thing throw out chappel it will also help not to win but for perform well in future.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on December 12, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    I just started practicing spin bowling: slow left arm, right arm googly and under arm straight. I also got secret weapon rather a new invented ball (not the carrom ball, doosra or slinger). I got a club match in 2 days and trying to get into NSW against QLD sheffield match starting on 18th. I hope I can play in the 5th TEST in Sydney because I live in Sydney and very much familiar with SCG pitch. I pray Mr Hildrith. I am not BEER, WHISKEY, RUM, or VODKA.

  • parpranav on December 12, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    i don't think warne's comeback is the answer australia is looking for......i suggest they pick nathan hauritz as he is very effective in home conditions considering he did very well last year against pakistan and west indies.and also make some changes in the pace attack.....give dirk nannes a chance!i don't know why his name is not even considered!he has the perfect line and length and a terrific pace to match with it!

  • on December 11, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Well it is just stupidity from australians....they have to look wat they have now and bringing back warne will not affect them......

  • on December 11, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    if Ponting breaks his lull, anything can happen. Maybe a triple may send the message.

  • GODsDream............WC2011 on December 11, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    No way.......Bowling takes toll of your body ...... Warne cant be remotetly as lethal as he used to be he should not even consider coming back ...... If he gets beating then these patriotic OZ will only bash him .........moreover whole of the Team is Weak its just not spin department Warne cant win whole match on his own........and with Rajasthan Royals though he captained superbly but he dint really bowl well so how can we fancy that he will be bowling well

  • Niju_001 on December 11, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Why are these Aussies performing like underdogs? They were the world champions for quite some time! The answer is: GREG CHAPPELL. He has got a wonderful effect that he can break a quality team apart. Look what he did for India... India had a good team and was threatening to don the no. 1 spot under the captaincy of dada and when he cameback dada had to take all the flak and was ousted. Sehwag was dropped, Irfan pathan India's then strike bowler became history. Middle order batsmen like Kaif and Raina was asked to open the batting. Kaif who was successfully enjoying his no. 7 spot and his electric fielding was considered dump and was finally ousted too. End Result: India looked out of sorts. What happened after that, he was thrown away and India today is the No.1 side in the world. The Aussies too have to throw this guy Chappell away and you will see the difference in their performance. JUST THROW OUT CHAPPELL IT WILL MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFRENCE.

  • rock-10-ware on December 11, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    Aus are unlikely to win 2 of the nxt 3 tests, the selectors are unable to settle on a team. over the last two tests the only consistently good batsmen have been watson, katich, hussey and haddin, the other either inconsistent or consistently bad. there is no specific bowling attack johnson did nothing in the 1st test, doherty achieved little similarly with hilfenhaus and siddle in the 2nd test. The phil hughes is a liability. pontings too old. clarkes off form. Hodge should be in the side as the teams no. 3 batsmen. Talk of bringing players out of retirement shows how desperate aus are and is out of spirit of the ashes. in conclusion this collapse of the aus team is due to all their top class players - hayden, langer, mcgrath, lee, gilchrist, martyn, warne, gillespie - all retiring at once symonds is also missed

  • Iceborn999 on December 11, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    WARNIE WARNIE WARNIE WARNIE ... BRING BACK THE LEGEND, THE SHEIK OF TWEAK !!!!!!!!!.

  • on December 11, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    I really think Pointing has had it. His strategies are not working anymore. He got a real taste in India. Now, the same thing is happening in Ashes as well. Warne is a great captain. Look at the way he pumped up amateur guys to win IPL1. I really think if he is made the captain of current Australian team and given the freedom to choose his team, he would really do wonders. He can win Ashes to Australia. Vote for him!

  • on December 11, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    How is it that Michael Clarke is yet to bowl an over in this series? Or Simon Katich before the injury? North looked reasonably dangerous as an option with the ball as well. Maybe drop him to 8 in the order and bring in White/Smith/Ferguson as batting cover?

  • Anandp2208 on December 10, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    we also welcome comebacktopicss of Haydos,Gilly,Mcgrath,Langer.....................

  • on December 10, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    LOL they might as well bring back McGrath,Gilly,Haydos,Langer as well...

    Anyway jokes apart Australia is going through the same phase West Indies went through earlier .Only thing is the decline is not as dramatic as that of WI because Australia have always had a good system and domestic structure unlike Windies who relied completely on talent and their system has always been very poor and now that they don't have too many talented players they are one of the weakest sides at present.Australia have always had a good system but some flaws in the system are coming into focus now. I think Greg Chappell being part of the selection process has also played a role in the sloppy nature of the selection.

  • Night-Watchman on December 10, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    Loved Prior's tongue in cheek comment - Merv Hughes!!! To bashok and those who ridicule Warne, remember what he did with Rajasthan Royals and also on the Aussie tour a couple of years later. There is no doubt that he will not satisfy the fitness criteria for a five day match and also selectors will have lots to answer if they take a step back into history.

  • DECCAN_DARE_DEVILS on December 10, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Bringing back Warnie again to help Aussies gain the Ashes??? What a Joke !!! It's like the Aussies are HANDICAPPED without the Leggie. Wake Up Aussies !! Look Out for REPLACEMENT equivalent to WARNIE !! If they are desperate to CALL BACK the LEGGIE .. then I think it would be clear indication that AUSSIES are going to depend only on him and without him they are NOTHING !!

  • abbas_cool on December 10, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Well well o just remember... Everything thing in this world have peak and sudden fall... Australians were all over for so many years... now its time to fall guys!!.. :)

  • aizazqaisrani on December 10, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    all of this fuss show just one thing that presence of a good cricket structure does not assure production of quality cricketers .cricketers can not be produced they come with natural talent.during past few years when ponting was considered as an amazingly brave and genious captain it was not his captaincy but the players like warne glenn lee hyden langer who made him eligible for that status .so dont rely on just good cricket structure go and get some talent

  • bashok87 on December 10, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    hehe!!!!... I'm wondered by seeing the desperation of aussie fans... This is a country which boasted five years that their second string team is as strong as any other International team... Now they're finding difficult to find 11 good players out of the so-called "HUGE" talent pool... n I guess if Warney makes a 'surprise' comeback and still the the Aussies loose the 3rd test then the new campaign will be 'bringbackthedon.com'....

    P.S:- @Aussies - If somehow u guys manage to bring back Warney pls pls pls sending him for the next India tour.... We really "MISS" the entertainment which he gave us twelve years back

  • sweetspot on December 10, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    Warney is far too smart to do anything silly like making a comeback to the Aussie side. His life was never fulfilled playing for Australia. He should have been made captain before some of the other jokers were even looked at. Check this out - it's no big deal looking at Clarkey following Ponting as Aussie captain. But imagine him following Warney as captain, and you know the quality difference. Warne would have been a fantastic leader, an icon of truly Australian merit, and fun. Oh, yes, he would have lost fewer games too!

  • sweetspot on December 10, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    England bring back Beefy! We need to balance the fun too. Can't be all Aussie there!

  • sweetspot on December 10, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    @ashes61 - I have to agree with you. If limited overs cricket is as dull as the English play it, I'd avoid it like plague, too. Even Test cricket for Indian fans was not all that exciting until lately. It's all about watching your team win. I'd say England definitely have a better chance of winning the Ashes than the WC.

  • on December 10, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    I think Shane Warne is a gutsy cricketer and a maverick at it! I don't think most players around the world can still read his variations! He should give it a go atleast for a few test matches! Pick and choose! Ideally, I think Australia would benefit more from having Warne as the coach

  • SRT_GENIUS on December 10, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    News flash: Apparently Warne is NOT coming back.

  • on December 10, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    They might as well wanna find a replacement for McGrath or bring back McGrath himself! How funny!

  • anshu.sunny on December 10, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    Hughes,marsh,ponting,clarke,hussey,watson,haddin,johnson,harris,bollinger,hauritz/hilfy...play this side n Oz win

  • smudgeon on December 10, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    Reminds me of that Ripping Yarns episode "Golden Gordon"!. Warne is the past - I'd say let him retire with his dignity intact, but I don't think it's a word in Warnie's vocabulary. Popcorn (below) has the right idea - Australia needs to play to its strengths, and at the moment it looks like spin probably isn't one of them. Problem is, neither does pace bowling...

  • _Australian_ on December 9, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    I can not believe that some people seriously think that Warne playing is a possibility. I think this is more in jest than a serious request so all you England supporters need to calm down. We are not that stupid. We are simply looking at our current stock of Australian cricketers and realising that the cupboard is awfully bear in all departments when only 3 -5 years ago it was well over full. I would love to see the likes of Blewett, Bevan, Elliot, DiVenuto and countless others who have all scored truckloads of runs in both Australia and England domestic competitions but never got a chance to have a career for their country be coming through the ranks now. We seemed to have not just a great side in the past but excellent depth too. Now we have nothing and it is hard to know why and what has happened to what was thought to be an excellent system.

  • bumsonseats on December 9, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    laughable in 09 in the last ashes there was talk about mark ramprakash at 40 making a comeback from the england camp i remember peter siddle laughing. little did i think the a guy who finished playing 4 years ago and at the age of 41 would be in the same boat. did u see the guy in ipl 4 over of dross. and were do u field him. 1st slip i dont think so. 90 overs in a day he will be on his knees if not his chin. let the guy get on with his new life. richie looks pretty good the last time i saw him, im only kidding hes in his 80s

  • ashes61 on December 9, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    aunyousef: - With respect, English fans have no sour grapes over the W/Cup. It is simply that we don't (broadly speaking) share quite the enthusiasm for the shortened form of the game as much as those on the sub-continent do. Yes, it is fun and produces attractive, exciting cricket - occasionally. But it's place in the overall scheme of things is limited. Remember, it doesn't even qualify as 1st class, so Kent v Surrey in the Co. Ch'ship, or Combined Universities v Somerset, or, say, Uttar Pradesh Railways v Banagalore Brahmins all have precedence over limited overs stuff (including the WC) as long as they are 3 day games. (As for T20, even when England are world champions, its status is much lower still - so no sour grapes there either). In all 1st class cricket, obviously Test cricket is at the very top. For Aus and Eng, the Ashes are the pinnacle of the game - it simply NEVER could be otherwise. Ask 1,000 Englishmen: you won't find ONE who puts the WC before the Ashes.

  • DaDaL0G on December 9, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    Well its an intresting news warne is comming back and if its true then aurtralia will have a advantage but can some body tell me who`ll fill the place of McGrath ?? After these Players Australia is going down and BLee is also short in the market but honestly i wanna see Shane Warne in Action Again although he is Older now but still he is king of Spin ..

  • on December 9, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    I dont see any issues with the current composition of the Aussie's team it takes time for them to settle with the new team members and also looking at the other teams England and India are playing life time best cricket. I think its more of engalnd playing a better crciket then Aus. Lets appriciate ENG effort then criticising the AUS. We all knew what happened to Mighty WI every one has to go through the phase. Lets Wait and see when Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman retires from Indian team.

  • holypython2003 on December 9, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    It's as if the England batsmen cant play warne at all! He will come into the side, take all 20 wickets and win the game... No doubt warne is a class player, but its the whole australian outfit that's struggling...

  • abmangera on December 9, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    plz come back warnyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • on December 9, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    austraian 11 should be 1.watson 2.phil huyges 3 ponting 4.clarke 5 Hussey 6 Daivid hussey 7 steve smith 8 haddin 9 lee/tait 10 mitchell johnson 11 stewart clarke

  • Joshiley on December 9, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Well !! Well!! Well!! look who is Coming Back The "King of Spin" himself. No doubt he is legendary spinner but I would doubt he would make any major impact. All that I can say it would make a Sell Out at WACA and help them to collect some donations :). England on a Roll an there is lots of things in them to admire, perhaps its there time to rule the World beware of Indians though :). We are not far behind. CHANGE IS GOOD after all.

  • Puffin on December 9, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    I think at the moment simply adding Warne would help Australia, but not enough to win two tests. Australia have vacancies in all departments and warne can't fill them all. Too much has been allowed to slide for too long to be fixed in a week.

  • SamAsh07 on December 9, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Wake up Australian fans, your team is diminishing time by time and rather than pleading for old stars to come back, you better go plead to the youngsters to step-up, they are Australias future, not the oldies, not the Pontings or Husseys.. Seriously think with an open mind for ONCE, you will know that this Australian side can very well be brushed aside even by Bangladesh.

    Moving on, it's inevitable that by the time Ponting and Hussey retire. Australia will become the next West Indies, trust me, it's only because of Hussey that Australia are going past 200, and only because of Pontings captaincy that they put some challenge while fielding. Now it's the era of India & South Africa, both of these teams will die out too when their golden stars retire, look at Indias line-up, its full of 34+ super batsmen. Same fate will be of South Africa, though they have more talent ahead in the youngsters..

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 9, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    You kind of wonder whether the Aussies are seeing things in perspective. This seems like a reaction to impending total meltdown. This seems worse to the Aussie psyche than the Wall Street Crash. Yes England won at Adelaide. If this is what one defeat does for our opponents then I trust that Strauss and co. will take very seriously Project Total Annihilation. Only a cricket match? forget it!!! I can only think that such desperation is music so sweet to the England team. Rock and Roll!!! After all Warne would not make it through 5 days of test cricket wiht only 5 days to prepare-including flying home.

  • hegde421201 on December 9, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Warney is above 40 fat and looked pretty ordinary in IPL3....He shall be belted by the POMS if he makes a comeback at PERTH...Warney should concentrate on POKER

  • kang-a-roo on December 9, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    No way Warne is gonna come back to international cricket, that's for sure. Moreover, he's not at all ready for int"l cricket, be his fitness or his form. The Australians are going nuts after being lost by an innings and this is the very recent proof. I think Hauritz can be useful in Perth test but the fulcrum of Aussie bowling will be Peter Siddle if he plays. He has performed well against Eng in the recent past and has looked the best in that bowling lineup. Punter must have been going thru the worst phase of his captaincy. He's leading a side full of match winners but nobody is playing upto the mark. What's hurting Aus is the poor, inexperienced and out-of-form bowling attack. They must try out Mitchell Starc and Philip Hughes. Hope everything becomes right on track for Punter soon and the Australians pull back the Ashes at the end.

  • on December 9, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Woah.. Ozs.. They are falling back to the stalwarts of the game.. Gilli, McGrath should also make a return. ;-) Where are the youngsters?

  • Alok505 on December 9, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    pak cric rox - u need to leanrn how to behave here, we keep playing sachin becoze he is performing .so u pak guys why taking it in wrong way . so plz take ur words against the god of cricket .we all know what sachin is .

  • on December 9, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    What happened to Jason Krejza? He bowled very well in India and then he is gone...Is there any politics in Oz camp? Hard to believe. Frankly, Krejza performed well during first outing in India and its much better than Warne in his first tour to India. Is any IPL team management listening to me?

  • Alok505 on December 9, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    australia seems to be lack in every department they hav not produce a quality spinner after warne , so they will always struggle in sub continents against India, Srilanka , Pakistan & even Bangadesh for that mater.

  • Alok505 on December 9, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    salman hafeez from pakistan thanks for ur comment that australia days gone & love to see england vs india ( ashes ) . its a real true story from a cricket fan

  • Aussasinator on December 9, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    @RDlikescricket - You said "Ponting and his young set of bowlers." Now who were the young set of bowlers all along? Bollinger(30), Johnson (29), Watson (29), Siddle, North (31) etc.?

  • on December 9, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    It would be very interesting to see Warne back in a baggy greens. If he comes back i know it would be a sell out but a test match is not bowling alone it is also batting, never the less i would not mind seeing him in action for a test match

  • swarzi on December 9, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    If Shane Warne comes back, the English men's best consultant should be Brian Lara Yes, Brian Lara (aided by Carl Hooper) was the only batsman that caused the Australian selectors and his captain Steve Waugh to drop him during his long illustrious career. It happened in the West Indies, in 1999. They replaced him with Stuart McGill in the fourth test. That was a serious embarassment for Warne when he was being touted as this great invincible bowler; and at the time when he was peaking in his prime. Lara scored three consecutive centuries against Australia, including a double hundred - almost averaging 100 in a four match series. You did not want to see Shane Warne's averages in that series.

  • on December 9, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    EVERY RISE HAS A FALL I AM A PAKISTANI BUT I WILL NOT HESITATE TO SAY THAT AUSTRALIAN ERA HAS GONE... JUST LIKE THE WEST INDIAN ERA. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEE INDIA AND ENGLAND IN ASHES FROM NOW ON >>>>

  • Raj_pandian on December 9, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    he he he he!!!!!!!!!!! in IPL3 Warne did not make any real impact and he was hammered by indian domestic players.....

  • KannanSR on December 9, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    What's Wrong with the Baggy Greens.They have gone mad in calling Warney back. Whether it is only for Ashes OR for the rest of Warney's Life.I am sure that Real Australian fans will not Press for Warne,because every Cricketer has his own limitations and Warne for sure has already crossed that limit.Instead they can consider him as a Spinning Coach.OR INSTEAD BETTER THAY PRAY TO THE RAIN GOD AT PERTH,like it is being done in Asia for the betterment of Crops.

  • shaitan786 on December 9, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    go australia go :D

    australia is going to win the series :D

  • RDLikesCricket on December 9, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Warnie is happy being retained back at Rajastan Royals & leading them... it would be a bit too much to expect him to come back and win the Ashes for Australia... Its a rebuilding process and Ricky Ponting has a challenge to face with his young set of bowlers. They need to be given time and they will come out good. BTW, if spin options are being looked at one wonders why 'Pup' Clarke does not bowl in Tests these days? he is a good spinner and perhaps Hauritz can come back. Patience and Perseverance will see Australia come good .... and i hope it happens sooooon.

  • pk_cric_rox on December 9, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    and another thing, all my indian friends keep talking about pakistani players coming out of retirement, how many pakistani players have done it exactly? apart from just a couple of examples in recent past n those retirements werent becoz of their age or becoz they thought they have played enough cricket.they only retired after disappoint due to attitude of pakistan cricket board. so if it shows anything at all its the bad management of pakistan cricket not their fans or their players... and about that who doesnt know PCB is the worst board n have always been a bad management of pakistan cricket....i still want to know how many pakistani players have u seen coming out of retirement that u think its a pakistani culture? enlighten me please

  • on December 9, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    It is not surprising that Warne himself flattened hereing this!!...Cricketing world & Aussie fans would loved to see his come back but it is unlikely that he will win a match for Australia. All the Englishing Batsmen are in great form and surely will hammer him. It's been a terrible decision from CA to drop Nathan Hauritz after he had poor outing in India, he had been performing consistantly before India tour, selectors should go back to Hauritz. Its been very unfair to him.

  • pk_cric_rox on December 9, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    @jayray999 comment by gazza and u siding him clearly shows who is paranoid.... he knows wat he was trying to say n wat his intention was. and for all those ppl who think pakistan have a habit of calling their star players back here is a reason, may b its becoz pakistani players take retirement even if they still have more to often and just like australia is missing warne now who is 41, pakistan misses their stars n wants to see them in action again.and by the way pakistani players dont hang around till the age of 39 or 40 just to score a thousand more runs or to take 50 more wickets n dats why there is a gud chance they can come back. look at waqar younis he just turned 39 and after years of retirement and cricket commentary he is already the coach of his team....u keep playing with 40 yr old sachin coz it works for u n we keep calling our stars back if they retire at 33 or 34.... that works for u, this works for us. how about that????

  • Will90 on December 9, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    The site says they will make the offer to Warne on 31 December. We will have played four Tests by then, so unless Australia win one match and not lose the other (seems very unlikely to me), not even Bradman himself could win back the Ashes!

  • nzcricket174 on December 9, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Alright put yourself in the selectors' shoes. Say Warne make himself available for selection. You have the choice of Beer, Doherty, Hauritz and Warne. Which one do you choose? Yes, I think that we should choose Doherty. His 2 wickets at 102 will prove valuable for us. Or maybe Hauritz? A good looking bloke who got bashed around in India like every other spinner does. Or maybe we should take a crack at Beer. A guy who people know so little about and would probably get crashed round the park. Oh wait...there's a guy with 708 wickets, but since he's old let's not pick him.

  • Selwyn1975 on December 9, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    I wonder people calling back warney?why dont you think of english?Are they that weak to feel difficult to handle an aged spinner?Please go back and watch the recorded matches of IPL2 and 3 which rajasthan royals played.Warney did not make any real impact he was hammered instead.I would be surprised if he is continuing his tenure with RR as player than mentor.English would be praying to bring warney back as it will be cake walk for them to hammer warney.Better bring back gatting for england and Shepherd for umpiring.lol.Whoever want warney back in side be patient until IPL 4 starts in april 2011.Keep ur fingers crossed gentlemen.Dont cry over spilt milk.GOD may save Australia now.

  • on December 9, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    Shane Warne's coming back in the test team will be tantamount to ACB's embarrasing admission that the current pool of Aussie bowlers are mediocre at best and don't stand a chance of batting the pommies out twice in a match. Definitely a wrong signal to send to the young and upcoming Aussie bowlers - a complete morale deflating statement at its least!

  • hiccup on December 9, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    ha ha ha...Its like that time when India brought back Narendra Hirwani for a match against the Aussies in 2001, though he wasn in the playing 11. Em not comparing the class here, but it would be such a reactive solution to bring Warne back. As much as the whole world would love to see him play a test match again, it would be stupidity to have him back. This, i feel, is the right time to nurture someone like a steven smith...some talent dat fellow has...

  • PopFizz on December 9, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    Nah this has been completely blown out of proportion. There's no ways he's coming back. What would be the point? He comes back and then what is going to happen for the next series or the next Ashes? Aus have to make the most with the players they have available. Also I'd like to see more grit from the Aus players, the type of grit that they have been known for in the past. Yes this side is not as talented as previous sides, but they could still show that kind of grit which could swing the series in their favour. Cheers!

  • POLINENI on December 9, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    hey warney they desperately needed u in team.......

  • Hamza.Aziz on December 9, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    exciting to see Warne bowling in Ashes..............shoud think about Gilly,Hyden and McGrath also :-D if they will go with the current team in remaining 3 matches they will definitely lose by 4-0

  • Joby_George on December 9, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    Now only god can help this Australian team. Or else not only warne, they need the likes of Gilchrist, hayden, Langer, Magrath, Martin to win the games. Ponting got the credit because of these players. Its all gone....aussies will lose this ashes 3-0 , i want desperately want to see that…..iam sure..not only me but all the other test playing nations want to see that

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    would be exciting for public to see warne bac,but not for aussies.would be a matter of shame if he comes back and they stil loose...they need to think long term and beyond this series.West Indiies always held their pride up even if they have fllen flat today.fewseries down for aussies should not hur em so much.m sure they can cme bac

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Bringing BACK Warne in the Aussie team Can't arrest the downward slide of the Aussies. Their time is over !!

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    I don't get it, its just one test match. what happens if the same aussie team thrash england in the rest of the test matches???????

  • anver777 on December 9, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    I'm sure even at this age Warne will do better than the current spinners.....struggling Aussies need u very badly right now !!!!!!!!!!! very soon Pontiing's gonna tell Warne " I BEG YOU WARNEY PLEASE COME BACK FROM RETIREMENT & SAVE US FROM THIS WAR OF ASHES "

  • on December 9, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    It would be embarrassing for us to bring back Warne. It's time to let go of the shadow of Warne, McGrath, Gilchrist and others, and let a new generation step up. Yes, we may lose the Ashes series and more series to come. That can happen with rebuilding. But bringing back Warne is most definitely not rebuilding. I'd much rather we lose some series but experiment with new players, rather than losing some series and sticking with the same out of form players (or inconsistent players like Marcus North). Our selectors have been so timid and we are paying for their adherence to the status quo.

  • stormy16 on December 9, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    This gota be a joke as it makes no sense. Warne comming back now doesnt help Aus's problem which is the lack of a quality spinner. Comming to think of it take out Warne and I am strugling to name a quality Aus spinner over the years!! It's never been Aus's strong point but the problem right now is even the pace bowlers arent doing much.

  • on December 9, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    Seriously..... you are a selector and you must pick either Warne or Doherty for the 3rd test.....well?!

  • 0wais on December 9, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    at first ; Warne should not have retired.......... he should have continued playing like the way Murali is doing, Warne should have played selective matches to prolong his career!!!!

  • on December 9, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    what's the worst that could happen? he gets hardly any wickets, goes for 200+ runs, and performs poorly with the bat? a few players in the aussie team had a game like that in adelaide.....

    put him in, and give him the captaincy.

    it'd be hilarious if he finally got that test century he always wanted ;)

  • Bravowindies on December 9, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    Warne is undoubtedly a legend and i m a huge fan. But now its almost too late to be fair to bring back warne into the side and expecting him to win back ashes. They must accept now that they are going down and gonna need serious thinking and bold decisions to not to repeat the history. We have seen windies, pak and nz going deep into the black hole and yet to recover. I guess warne has a point there by playing local boy and not to expect him to step in cauz he won't. Aus were over confident of their previous record at home and didn't realize that things are different this time around. England is way stronger and they themselves are struggling for wins. Aus people should be focussing on their current squad rather asking their legends to come out of grave.

  • bobby_mo on December 9, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    I think Justin Langer, Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden,Glenn Mcgrath,Shane Warne ..all these 5 palyer should not have retired from australian team 3/4 years back. They should have continued palying on behalf of their country until new "Quality players" comes up and replace them. Australia have been domanating world cricket for such a long period of time and why they had been domanating for last 15 years because of players like Shane warne, Mcgrath, Langer, Gilly, Hayden.They were totally professional. They understood their game and their commitment towards their country and team was tremendous! But as bunch of senior players they should not have left Australian team like that. They should have realised or Austrlian cricket borad should have realised that these players will go for their retirement one day. If these players not replace by quality new palyers, it will definitely create a huge void for their team and exactly what has been happening now with aus team.Only Ricky left alone.

  • nikhilbengeri on December 9, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    But amidst all this the Aussies are still not seriously improving their game, instead they are still playing their dirty mind games. The England should wrap the Ashes in Perth. Its the best lesson the Aussies will get in the backyard..

  • on December 9, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    Warne coming out of retirement to boost the flagging morale of the Aussies is not such an absurd idea. Way back in 1977, Australia were at a similar cross-roads when Kerry Packer had signed all the probables for his WSC. Australians brought Bob Simpson out of retirement, and he helped a fifth string Australian XI beat India. He was 41 at that time, exactly the age Warne is at present. The Australians find themselves in such a situation, that unless they are able to throw a surprise weapon at England, they can forget about regaining Ashes; they can even forget about retaining their pride. Warne can be one such surprise England might not have prepared for. Like Simpson went on to help Australia as an inspirational Manager, Warne can continue to help Australia in a similar role.

  • jackthelad on December 9, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    It's all just Ydney Morning Herald publicity fluff. I've seen no evidence that anyone remotely connected with team selection has floated such an idea, or even thought of it.

  • himanshu.team on December 9, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    It is not practicle to think of Warne actually playing a test match now. Even for IPL-3 he needed almost half the series to just shake his rustiness off. Yes, what he can be and should be used as; is a coach or a consultant. He is the best captain australians never had. Give him the same bunch of guys you had in adelaide and he can still win the ashes for you.

    But, Aussies being the egoists that they are, would rather loose the ashes than bring Warnie back for something worthwhile.

  • s.alvi on December 9, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    I wud be great fun to watch but i am not sure he could win the ashes for oz...

  • on December 9, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    this just in.. nobody cares

  • on December 9, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    that's great warne bolling again would be a revalution

  • RJHB on December 9, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Is it too late for Bradman as well? Keith Miller would be handy. Pace wise, how about the Demon Spofforth? And of course, we need a spearhead for the attack, what about the incomparable D.K. Lillee? Ahhh dreamtime stuff. Warnie, as great as he was, is GONE, get over it guys!!

  • on December 9, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    In world cricket there have been many untimely retirement and the those teams have begun suffering immediately.. Ambrose had 4 year cricket left, Lara had 3 year cricket left in them just as they retired WI completely declined......Waqar Wasim Saeed Anwar & Saqlain each had 3 years cricket left in them just as they retired PK team completely declined. .....Hayden Warne Mark Waugh Gilgrist each had 3 years cricket left in them. AUS dropped them and now u can see fate of AUS and worst part is that they r considering dropping ponting too.............India didn't do such a mistake and u can see INDIA has become a force in both ODI and Tests..........It is the golden years of great players that teams waste by dropping greats and are consequently bound to suffer...U can only drop players for which u have found replacement ..eg India found proper replacement of Gangully in terms of Gambhir...of Dravid in terms of Dhoni himself in ODIs...........Whereas Sehwag is a bonus that India discovered

  • redneck on December 9, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    @popcorn, you know whats unflattering to current spin bowlers in australia? their spin bowling! what have we got to loose by not bring him back? hurting the other spinners feelings???who cares their useless anyway! we need warne fit or unfit. he only needs 5 steps off the crease to bowl, and can field in the slips. even warne at his worst is still better than having marcus north in the team!

  • Cricket_Man on December 9, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    Doherty only took 3 wickets in 2 tests. I bet Warne can do better than that. Bring back Warne and Tait. Bowl Warne just 10-20 overs a day and he will take some wickets in short spells. Don't burden him as he isn't obviously fit. He's got experience. He would definetly bring in a new energy in the side. Aussies seem to be quite dull on the ground. Warne would bring in motivation in the side. HE'S A TRUE FIGHTER. Also bring in Tait. Ask him to make himself available just for 3 tests. Bring him in place of Douggie . NORTH should be DROPPED. He is a failure. A 10-20 runs player isn't good enough for Ashes. Bring SYMONDS in place of him. Bring some experience for an opener, like P.Hughes as Katich is injured. Going for Khwaja or someother guy, now, would be a mistake. Making these changes would just SHOCK England as they haven't made their plans for these players. PLEASE AUSTRALIA make these changes. EVEN THOUGH I M A PAKISTANI FAN, I STILL WANT AUSTRALIA TO WIN THE ASHES (DON'T LOSE HOPE)

  • redneck on December 9, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    @MinusZero actually mate it solves everything! it solves australias lack of spin options! it solves the problem of being able to take 20 english wickets in a match! it solves the problem of the lost aussie aura. it solves the problem of poor field placings. it solves chanel 9s problem of plumetting ratings with australia not doing well. it would make thet rest of the aussie team walk a foot taller. and most importantly it may even solve the problem of how we win our ashes back!!!! the possible gains far outweigh anything negative that could come of this! even for the ground administrators at the waca, mcg and scg. if warne plays it pretty much guarentees them sell out crowds for every day of the last 3 tests! just need 2 things to happen 1. ponting needs to make the call and 2. shane needs to answer that call!

  • on December 9, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    well well give warnie a go in Sydney if Australia needs to square the series .I think Hauritz needs to be back in the side even if he does not take wickets ,he's the inform batter for NSW side might strengthen the lower order batting which Australia lacks .

  • cricket_for_all on December 9, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    Even though AUS is relatively weak at the moment but they can still bounce back. It is batsmen who put them down not the bowlers. How can the bowlers bowl well with good mind when your team scores just 246 in a flat pitch (AUS lost in the first day not in the 5th day). It is pathetic to bring Warne and things will be even worse with his fitness problem. Please AUS selectors; bring your good batsman to the team your bowlers will bawl well (At least they will give a real fight).

  • milepost on December 9, 2010, 2:48 GMT

    This series is far from over. I wouldn't write off Australia yet - do so at your peril. There are three matches left and it's only one nil after two games. Hardly dominant?

  • on December 9, 2010, 2:33 GMT

    Bringing back Warne will be regressive to Australian Cricket. They are spiking another young spinner's chances. It shows that Aussie are resigned to losing. England will now go for the kill. Hopefully Australia will someday rise from the Ashes. The World Cup next year should be the final nail on the end of this Era. But there are some wonderful young cricketers in Australia. They are not so bad.

  • on December 9, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Lol, the sheer desperation of it. :D

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on December 9, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    It would be great for all cricket if Warne come back; also I hear Brian Lara is thinking of making a comeback fuh West Indies. Is true, I tell you.

  • on December 9, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    For Australia, the debate is not about building for the future, its about winning THIS series, HERE, NOW. And let's face it, Warne would do a better job than anyone else they've got available. Sometimes, as he said, you've got to pick horses for courses. I'd say there's no chance he'll play but he certainly has a reputation which England would probably try to take on, which might work in his favor. And while he might not have been playing Tests he's still been playing 2020, so he's not completely gone to seed.

  • Nadeem1976 on December 9, 2010, 1:53 GMT

    Australia needs to build their team with new players. Australian system of having all players over 30 age is no more good enough. Australia need to give chances to 20 year old players who can make team in next 10 years. Asking warne to comeback will not solve australian issue , give chance to young blood.

  • Runster1 on December 9, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    very funny. I slap in the face for any current aussies spinners. even their own countrymen hate their spin bowling attack.

  • sammykent on December 9, 2010, 1:42 GMT

    Warne would need smoke breaks and a nice Puligny Montrachet in his drinks bottle. Other than that I think he would be an effective bowler and a handy lower order slogger.

  • simon_w on December 9, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    @SFay "Warne would make KP look like the twit he is no doubt about taht" - just like in 2005, eh? I would venture that KP's got better since then, too... not so sure that Warney has...

  • on December 9, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    please stop this mad panic suggestions, come on now every cricketing nation goes through a slump and takes a licking.It's re-building time, give potential youngsters a try and be prepared that losing is a stage to learn more about your weaknesses and a chance to improve and develop a stronger team for the future series, so for now stop your whining and suck it up.

  • nisal2996 on December 9, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    haha, what ever happened to Stuart Clark and even Nathan Bracken, and Brett Lee should be in ODI team as well as Brad Hodge

  • on December 9, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    in stuey clark & cam white, out north & doherty & prepare a green track for the seemers & white can bowl part time & will score more than north.

  • on December 9, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    What a sorry state Oz cricket is in when people are calling for the return of Warne. Not only is it embarassing but it's a major admission by those advocating such a move that there's an inherrant weakness currently pervading Oz cricket, ie the lack of bowlers with the penetrative power take 20 wickets in order to win a test. Even in his pomp Warne could not carry this bunch, it's even more unlikely he could now.

  • shahidmahmood on December 9, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    @Gaurav Gupta: Bringing McGill back is even more crazy. If you're going to call a retired player, call a good one(in other words McGill is retired). If Australia want to win this team will be good: 1)Victor Trumper 2)Arthur Morris 3)Don Bradman 4)Greg Chappell 5)Allan Border 6)Keith Miller 7)Adam Gilchrist 8)Shane Warne 9)Bill O'Reilly 10)Dennis Lillee 11)Glenn McGrath. But not all the players are alive.

  • MinusZero on December 9, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    It will solve nothing, when he retires again, they will be back to where they were

  • crankypet on December 9, 2010, 0:31 GMT

    Such is the romantic notion of sport that when your team is in trouble, you want to go back to better times and look to experience as the English cricket team used to do, resurrecting a past hero to ease the pain. I recall during the last ashes series in England in 2009, when England lost by an innings at Headingly and gloom was everywhere in England, the press and public pushed hard for Mark Ramprakash at age 41 to come in and rescue Englands batting. England didn´t fall for the same old trap and instead Jonathon Trott made his debut and the rest is now history.

    Australia´s major problems really started around the rise of IPL and T20 becoming entrenched in 2006/7. IPL draws many to play not test cricket, but T20 which is why you have spinners like Dougherty trying to push the ball through so fast, its why you have Shaun Tate retired from first class cricket to only bowl four overs for complete shock power. The format of cricket is as much responsible for the decline of bowling.

  • on December 9, 2010, 0:25 GMT

    God Warne come back, u can hire me to attend to your text message while u r on the green. I am good with words. Ram

  • on December 9, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    This would be the biggest disaster in the history of cricket. Topped only by him actually taking up the offer and then getting absolutely smoked (which WOULD happen, make no mistake about it) by the in-form English batsmen. Sorry Australia. Take your beatings like men, regroup at the end of the ashes and then go and develop some decent players.

  • on December 9, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    I've always been a huge Warney fan, but I bringing him back definitely isn't gonna solve any long term spin problems. Fitness is definitely going to be a big issue as well, even if he is a tactical genius. I say bring back Warne in some sort of Coaching/Selector capacity, so he can help out the young guns, like the mentoring job he did for the Rajasthan Royals in season 1. He can certainly help out Steve Smith, the leggie, and any other spin bowlers. And focusing on spin alone is also a mistake...The Aussies also need a pace spearhead...So much work, so little time.

  • on December 9, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    Current Aussie Team lacks star performers. I cannot see them winning World Cup without bringing some greats back. Mathew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist come to my mind before Shane Warne,

  • Favell on December 9, 2010, 0:02 GMT

    What a laughable notion! I'm more concerned about the constant push from NSW for the inclusion of Usman Khawaja, even though he failed against the Poms second string attack in the Australia A game. A reminder: Cameron White scored a century in that match. He has proved he can play a controlled innings and be aggressive when required.

  • rraja on December 9, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    hahahaha funny stuff...yeah bring warne back and take him to india for next test series... PS: Sachin tendulkar is still in indian test team.

  • Stevo_ on December 8, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    Warne would make KP look like the twit he is no doubt about taht, but his match fitness would be a problem.

    Anyway he has retired , time to move on ,they need to bring back Hauritz and give him sometime to develop like they were doing until Haury and one bad first class game and Hilditch decided he wanted to hear him self speak and see himself on TV.

    Hilditch has to go.

  • jrg_from_oz on December 8, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    By all means bring back Warne. And Bob Simpson to fill the opening vacancy. And AB and Steve Waugh in the middle order in place of North and Clark. Ang McGrath in place of Harris. Now it's starting to look like a real team again.

  • on December 8, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    bringing back warnie.he is done and dusted his career is ova aus nid to focus on the future.whats really hurting aus is their selections i think the aus selectors will prob be the reason why aus will lose the ashes at home rite now!.thy just cant get it rite and settled whilst engl are looking to go for the big kil with their current settled squadl ,aus are running in from all corners desperately.

  • on December 8, 2010, 23:35 GMT

    bring him back this aussie will get trashed anway

  • on December 8, 2010, 23:34 GMT

    The best way Australia can lure Shane Warne to return to Test Cricket for Australia is sack Ricky ponting as captain and appoint him as captain and then see the difference.

    It is surprising to see Ricky Ponting still as Captain, This some thing like Un Astralian like attitude. Genarally when an Australian Captain fas failed to win in Five Tests a change was seen. Ricky Ponting has been most successful Captain of all time, surpassing Steve Waugh but his failures are equally record breaking for any Australian Captain and he is still retained is a surprise.

    To save his reputation Ricky should retire.

  • 786pakfan1989 on December 8, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    bring back warne! its only for three matches. it will make the ashes more interesting. those who say its going backwards or that they should look to the future, i have to one thing this is the future! the ashes is the pinnacle for test cricket. test cricket should have the best players and warne is for australia.. its not like one dayers where you build a team years before for that world cup. i think it would give australia a lift and may put england in the back foot because this ashes series is seriously one sided at the moment despite promising so much. but hey i might be silly thinking he may come back but crazier stuff has happened before

  • Ozcricketwriter on December 8, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    Seriously, though, Warne isn't all that old - players have been known to play until they were 50+, and as a spinner playing age 40 isn't so unusual. He is also still playing domestic T20s in the competitive IPL - and doing well. While he might not have the longevity to last the full test match, he should be able to bowl at least 4 overs. I say bring him back. What's the worst that can happen?

  • mrgupta on December 8, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    @Rakesh_Sharma: For now focus on your '6th in the medal tally' nation who is loosing in every department in Cricket, be it Test or ODI. We will discuss about problems with India later. Don't waste your energy thinking about us, we have enough people to do that.

  • Reflect23 on December 8, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    CricAus has to think about future , warne is past,bringing in warne for ashes dosen't do any better for Aussies.

  • on December 8, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    Iam Really Astonished after seeing some English Fans comment that they don't even care for WC,they just care for Ashes..these comments reminds me of a Famous Proverb"Sour Grapes"...i Mean just because You guys made Cricket and Couldn't even win a Single WC.doesn't make it less important and Just Because You Won an Over-Rated Series Called"Ashes"(which by the way its just a test series but made over-rated by the Strong and Rich boards of ECB and ACB)doen't make it more of Intense Series than Pak V/S Ind series.

  • on December 8, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    Why not call out Allan Border, Steve Waugh and company. This is all such nonsense. No team and i mean no team will remain on top forever. The Aussies must now make up for their lack of real stars and play with heart. Did Ricky Ponting expect to talk his way to a series victory?. Sorry Ricky, gotta play for it. Australia, especially Ricky Ponting, has always expected teams to just roll over and play dead while he revels, well that's over now. Take your beating like a man and stop finding excuses.

  • on December 8, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    cricket is 11 players game .All need to contribute for the victory.. not only 1 man show.Aus is going crazy bringing warne back.. He is a great player but he cant change the fortunes of aus by coming back.. Its all over for aussie then goona be the next west indies team..

  • landl47 on December 8, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    Most of the people posting here putting forward the possibility of Warne coming back seem to have no idea what test cricket involves. Warne hasn't played test cricket for 4 years and even any first-class games for more than 3 years. You can't just put on your baggy green and play a 5-day match, you need to be fit, fully trained and ready to bowl for hours. If Warne did that on day 1 he wouldn't be able to get his arm up to shoulder height on day 2. Bowling 4 overs in the IPL is no preparation at all. If Warne started training now he wouldn't be ready for the 5th test, even if he were still good enough. Warne was the best bowler I've ever seen, seam or spin, and my memory goes back to the 1950s. I don't want to see him come back short of match fitness and get slaughtered. That's not the way he should be remembered.

  • popcorn on December 8, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    It is unflattering to the spin bowlers in Australia to ask for Warne's comeback.It is stupid too.At the same time, none of the spinners have done anything significant to warrant a place in the Test side - including Nathan Hauritz - except that he has more Test match experience.Some countries do not have quality spin bowlers, Australia is currently one of them, so be it.Australia and South Africa have all rounders in Shane Watson and Jacque Kallis, which other countries do not have.Rather than moan about not having a quality spinner and asking the impossible of Shane Warne, play to your strengths.West Indies did not have high quality spinners for a long time,so they opted for a four man pace attack,and used part timers for spin.Australia have Marcus North,and Katich (now injured),Michael Clarke as part timers, and if Australia MUST have a spinner,go for the tried and tested - Nathan Hauritz, or Jason Krejza. Blaming Ponting for selecting Doherty is not right.The Selectors were watching.

  • ROYBLACK on December 8, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    While you're at it, why not select the following. They might not win, but they would put up a better fight. Hayden, Langer, Border, S Waugh, M Waugh, Gilchrist, Warne, Lee, Mcgrath, Lillee, Thomson,

  • Fareen on December 8, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    Crazy talks...He's retired & that's that..My choice is one of Krejza/Hauitz..They can extract some bounce from the pitch esp. Krejza...Bring in White in place of North...And the only player who should come back to test cricket is S.Tait..He will be very handy on the lively Perth deck.He will generate pace & bounce & some swing too...Don't think it'll happen but it would have been brilliant seeing an Aussie fast bowler bowling at 155+mph....Or you know,what about Copeland?He's taking wickets at fun....

  • SDHM on December 8, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    @ Akmal Attaullah - Warne already is in the stands; he commentates for Sky and Channel 9 coverage, and the England batsmen haven't had any goosebumps so far. As to the whole notion of Warne returning, I just can't see it happening; only playing T20 cricket will have affected his fitness and even Warne will struggle to contain Pietersen in this form. Give Hauritz a go, he was never all that bad to begin with. So what if he doesn't rip teams out? Sometimes you require a bit of patience.

  • bobagorof on December 8, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    *sigh* Enough with the 'bring back Warnie' talk. He retired. And regardless of whether he's still good, there's no point in clinging to past glories to solve a current and future problem. Losing the Ashes at home may be the wake-up call Australian cricket needs to start facing the problems that have crept into the system during the decade of dominance. We used to have 5-6 international-class batsmen in domestic cricket who couldn't make it into the team, and there were also experienced pace bowlers (mostly from Queensland) vying for places. Spin has always been a problem and it hasn't been helped by the focus on short forms of cricket - Doherty has shown how ineffective a limited-overs spinner is at the longer form. So just like the West Indies, or Australia 25 years ago, Australia needs to address systemic failings before returning to success. How quickly they can do that remains to be seen.

  • getgopi on December 8, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    It would be real funny if Warnie did make a comeback and fails to take wickets. The Aussies should persist with Hauritz. They can't do any worse than him right now.

  • on December 8, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    i i feel the man of the hour is shane warne , he is a magician and i feel england batsmen would struggle as they havent played quality spinners for long time so warney make a historic comeback i think its good for the game and the ashes,otherwise put it down the score sheet would read 4 -0 england.

  • on December 8, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    For Australian cricket, definitely yes. Although the other countries might not like it lol. Hes just over 40 now so him playing at internationa level might expose him to injuries more, but if carefully managed he could still play a part in Aussie cricket.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on December 8, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    One of the main reason of poor performance is due to so many players retiring at the same time. In a small country like Australia with just 22 million population it is very imp that there is smooth transition. More so people do not just follow cricket. This is a country which is consistently in top 6 im Medals tally in Olympics. What is Australia ,the population is smaller even that of the smallest state Kerala,India or just 1.5 times the population of Mumbai. But see the quality in all sports. In India highest class population who enjoys all facility is itself 20 times more than entire Australian pipulation.When Hayden,Langer,Damian,Warne,Mcgrath,Gilchrist etc retired, they were infact very good even in their last Tests.They should have resigned gradually one at a time. When Tendulkar Dravid,Laxman are still playing forever for a country of 1.2 billion people where few gets oppurtunity why did these greats resigned in mass.However now with a gap it is a bad idea for Warne to retur

  • Sajeesh.M.S on December 8, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    @Artisticdemon: I cannot understand whom you are mentioning as the world class players.It is true that you all got better fast bowlers.Apart from Zaheer Khan,we (Let me proudly say I am an Indian) don't have that much quality in our fast bowling department.But we have got UNSELFISH good fast bowlers.And you don't have a great spinner like Bhajji.Talking about batsmen, your batsmen are not even deserved to be mentioned along with our great batsmen.(Younis Khan is an exception). You don't even have a Keeper-batsman with half the quality as Dhoni. One thing you should remember is that you were at no 6 or 7 even when Asif and Amir were playing.

    Now back to Ashes, I don't think, even Warney can win the series for Australians. England are playing such a Fantastic cricket.But I expect the Australians come back hard.So I will be predicting only a 2-1 win for England.

  • Tlotoxl on December 8, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    ROTFLMAO!!! Warne has not played a test for over 3 years, he is 41 years old and realistically how many overs could he bowl? Swann bowled 70 overs in the last test, there is no way in hell Warne would get anywhere near that many - this is also the guy who was going to retire in 2005 but put it off for 2 1/2 years because he didn't want to go out on a losing note which he would do if he came back this time. There is no way that Warne is going to play test cricket again, if he did he would be a shadow of past ability and Aus would be a laughing stock.

  • NickHughes on December 8, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    Absolutely; bring back a 41 year old retired test cricketer who hasn't played a really competative match in 3 years to captain Australia and win the next two or three tests. England will be laughing all the way at the pure desperation in the Australian camp. England have done their preparation work, they picked the right squad, they play with confidence and are a settled team...no amount of recalling old warhorses from the past is going to change that. Current Australia have got to dig deep and get as well organised and motivated as England are if they want any chance of winning.

  • on December 8, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    Too bad Don is not alive anymore. Otherwise Aussies could have recalled him too!!!!

  • pochard on December 8, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    Hey, come on! The Aussies haven't lost the series yet! Do you all really expect then to perform this badly throughout the series??

  • yasserrizwan on December 8, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    Bring back Gilchrist,Matt Hayden,Warne & McGrath for next 3 tests,just next 3 tests.Rest will take care of itself,including History.

  • anunad on December 8, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    Hauritz, is in my opinion Australia No. 1 spinner. I keep asking myself why he was dropped.

  • Nampally on December 8, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    Australian bowling is in total disarray. No wonder the people are calling for the return of the greats from Australian golden era. Warne is still good as he has shown in the IPL matches.Bret Lee is better than the current fast bowlers the Aussies have. Furthermore Ponting's failures have compounded the horrific batting as well. Only Watson, Hussey, and Katich have shown some form on a consistent basis. It is critical for the rest of the batting to show up.In the past the Aussies had Clarke who could tie down one end while Lee and Warne took wickets from the other end. Now Australia's trump card Johnson is not performing.He was supposed to take the mantle from Lee.Hauritz in the spin dept. is out of form.Ponting could have at least tried Clarke and Katich to bowl a few overs. These 2 are pretty decent shock wkt. takers.England tried Peterson who got Clarke. Why doen't Ponting utilize the limited talent in the team? White & D.Hussey did well in IPL. Why not try them along with Harris?

  • safwan_Umair on December 8, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    wow!! this wud be unbelievably great ..... i bet many pommies are already sweating at this proposition. wat if talk of a mcgrath return is also put forth on the table?? lolol .... that wud turn this ashes around in a Jiffy. But this prolly will never ever happen, and to be brutally honest,none of us can see the aussies winning with their current squad! Where r u warnie?

  • on December 8, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    best way 4 austraila to win the ashes would be go in with 4 pacers(MJ,harris,siddle,hilf)+watson... prepare green top pitches... replace north by a batsman... bring in some explosive batsman to open with watson...

  • delpiero_4 on December 8, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    Ifeel thebest combinatioon would be watson michael hussey ponting clarke hodge davidHussey haddin. Hauritz hilefenhaus harris siddle rattle up anderson at start no rough for swan as no left seamers take ur catches keep gud line aussie can win series all r.handers in the middle order no easy wickets for swan

  • drwaqas1 on December 8, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    This talk of Shane's return is a kind of submission by aussie fans who are so used to winning in last 10yrs or so that they cant grapple with this onslaught of defeats.and Ashes loss on home soil seems like' icing on the cake'.But they should never forget that other nations have also been tormented for the same period, now they are on the receiving side.I was always of the opinion that if u minus Warnie,Mcgrath and Gilli, despite all those resources available to them, they 'd have been @same position as they now are.They weren't great because the skills they had but because they didn't let others show their skills. If Aussies wish to do well in this Summer, find out way to play Swann well as anderson won't b a threat without swing.Attack Swann well & sensibly as Indians did to Warnie in 2001 and later.Lastly, Warnie will never put his honor on line! He knows what lies ahead for this bunch of club level cricketers.

  • on December 8, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    He should shoot down all such suggestions. It is not good for the morale of the younger Australian generation players. Warne can't bail Australia out if they get in trouble in 2013, 2015, 2017....2058, etc. They have to lick dust and have some pain before they regain any Ashes.

  • SettingSun on December 8, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    I've just started bringbackiansalisbury.com and bringbackmarklathwell.com in an attempt to actually give the Aussies a chance in this series. This really is one of the most pathetic things I've ever heard in cricket. You guys really are terrible, aren't you?

  • on December 8, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    What has Krejza done wrong?

  • manoftheseries on December 8, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    BringbackBradman as well please. Missed his heroics..

  • on December 8, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    @ abhipa.... excellent dude well said, even aussies bring back Brandman they cant win the series.....!!! standing appalauds for u frm my side

  • agent007vivek on December 8, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    @dicky_ticker-mate yu seriously made an error while stating that the aussie no.4 is better den england's no.4...yu mean to say clarke is better than pietersen!!...get a life!!

  • RohanMarkJay on December 8, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    Australia needs to rebuild now. As most of their legends except for ponting is left. What Australia need to do is rebuild for the future long term like Border and Simpson did in the 80s. I am sure Australia will bounce back strong, and recapture their top spot again, their cricketing system is too good not to. That said they will go through a period of pain before things get better. As a cricket fan here's hoping Australia bounce back in cricket and play great cricket like they have in the past. For the moment lets give England their due who are playing great cricket right now in a transitional period for Australian cricket. Even though I am supporting the England cricket team in the Ashes, I would like to see the aussies bounce back in the way they only can.

  • raunaq on December 8, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    This is absolutely redicolous. If anyone remembers Warne was forced to retire because he sucked as an old bowler and was not taking any wickets. I am sure it is just a public sentiment, the australia cricket board cannot think of this rubbish. The team is just a very young team that cannot be asked outright to perform. Those poor guys are carrying the burden of an insanely strong team and they can do very little about it. They are average players and mostly new to the scene. you cannot ask them to score triple centuries and take 5vers in their first matches. What the hell is going on with the australian public. Remember 80's west indies guys, look at them now. Thats your faith as well so just accept it. Support the players as they are pretty good jus tnot great yet.

  • on December 8, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    Its time Aussies stop messing around with the team...... the team should have and still naturally be the following:::: Phil Hughes, Katich/Jacques, Ponting, Clark, Hussey, Watson, Haddin, McGain, Johnson, Siddle, Tait...... They have experimented enough with North, 10 different spinners, Bollinger and Hilfenhaus. The above should have had the natural progression in the team,, someting the aussies seemed to have forgotten.

  • xxxneilxxx on December 8, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    aussies dont need warne....they need confidence and aggression in the current cricket they are playing...get dirk nannes in the team...he is aggressive...smith is also a good option...Watson, Hughes, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Haddin, Smith, Johnson, Harris, Nannes, Siddle... fight with the team u have now and stop calling on old players..smh!

  • Tuffers_I on December 8, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    'I suppose you could suggest that Aus have the better keeper/batsman and the better No. 4'

    Indeed they have. Erm.

    Number 4? Pietersen vs. Clarke? Hmm...

    Haddin has been great, eh? How many has he dropped, who?

    Suck it up Aussies and jog-on. Ten years ago you were so great you were talking about ambidextrous bowlers/batsmen - where are they now? Where is a bowler who can bowl with his natural given talents in his own conditions?

    The best TEAM will win this series and anyone who is remotely sane can see who the best team is.

    May the best team win. Peace.

  • on December 8, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    oooo dear... oooo dear...

    just the spectacle of seeing warne in an ashes is enough for supporting the cause... herez my penny for the website bringwarne back.com ... just love u guys ... warne or murali can make a comeback 50 years from now and can break the backbone of any batting line up ... i think it is less of a possibility and more of a guard of honor being given to a true legend ... we were lucky to see such greats at large ... long live warnie ... plz show up ... your sight even in stands would give england goose bumps ...

  • Chunati on December 8, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    @Indiangazza, was this comment on Zaheer Abbas and Miandad coming back necessary? How is this relevant to the write-up above? I am not even a Pakistani fan, but this is disgusting.

  • akasavani on December 8, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    Why not bring back Dennis Lillee as well and maybe Allan Border to help with the batting...

  • abhipba on December 8, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    aussie if u have good relation with god bring back bradman even he cant win u ,match so wt abt warne

  • Dicky_Ticker on December 8, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    Vichan and Maximum 6 ares bang on the money. All this rumpus being spun up about Warne misses the patently obvious.

    Right now, the Aussies don't just need a tidy spin bowler, they need bowlers (plural) who can take wickets and batsmen who can make runs. Ignoring all of that to fixate on one player (or role) suggests that the spectators suggesting it are either unwilling or unable to grasp the true size of the problem.

    On balance of play so far, I suppose you could suggest that Aus have the better keeper/batsman and the better No. 4. It's the other nine members of the team they need to be looking seriously at, not just the spinner.

  • on December 8, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    poor warne.. let him chase murali.. LOL

  • on December 8, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    I think going on with four Seamers along with North as an spinning option isn't that bad!

  • on December 8, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    warne's comeback wont make any difference.. aussies cant change their destiny.. Ashes is over.. their best possible approach from hereon is to rotate the bowlers, give them a fair amount of exposure againt this strong Eng batting and prepare them for 2011 WC..

  • on December 8, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    It does not make sense to bring back Warne back from retirement because then there would be no difference between Pakistan and Australia. If you bring back Warne then why not Hyden, Langer, Mcgrath ...bring all of them back. You can not call back retired player to just win a series back. Retirement does not work that way. Otherwise the very definition of retirement will need to be updated in English dictionary. It is just the fact that Australians are going through rusty patch at the moment, I am pretty sure they will bounce back hard very soon. But people also missing one main point here that England is playing good attacking cricket and that is why Australians are finding it tad difficult to get in their grooves.

  • Alphus on December 8, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    lol , 'RESCUE FUND' lmao... as if he doesnt have enough money....

  • lananad on December 8, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    Australia do not have quality spinners. Doherty's left arm darts and Hauritz's looping lolly pops won't win any games.Try to breed a Murali or a Warne to win games.

  • pakwellwisher on December 8, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    If warne decides to return to test cricket the Poms might as well pack their bags and go home the result shall be a mere formality.

  • Mahesh_AV on December 8, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    Ha..ha.."bringbackwarne.com". Hilarious. What next? BringbackMcGrath.com? BringbacktheWaughs.com? BringbackBorder.com..BringbackLillie&Thommo.com??? Get a life and get on with it!! Deal with the team you have and do well. That shows the strength and character of a sporting team in a sport loving nation. They need the support of the people too...not silly websites and demands to bring people from the past back!! Shane Warne is a legend. Let him be.

  • jayray999 on December 8, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    @pk_cric_rox: The article is about a comeback from retirement by Shane Warne, an Aussie cricketer. For their part, Pakistan have experienced some spectacular retirements and comebacks. While Indiangazza's comment highlights the pronounced cultural diferences between the two countries, it is hardly motivated by hate. If you still think his (anti)simile was unjustified, your paranoia is getting the better of you.

  • on December 8, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    I don't think Warne is the answer we need, but if we are really so desparate as to try and get him back in the team, just tell him that one SCG MacGill has already made himself available. That ought to get him motivated... and if not, go tell MacGill that you're asking him first.

  • JnrWaugh on December 8, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    @vichan - not really a feasible analysis - I do believe Dizzy was badly out of form and on the way out with shouts for him to be axed... He was actaully the most feared by the English adn they were surprised at his loss of direction and pace. McGrath was injured I think for 2 or 3 games, ankle and elbow and missed another one I think.

    I think they should bleed smith... give him a go. nothing to lose and he will gain a lot of experience. Otherwise, they should bowl more chin music and rely on mistakes from England batsmen LOL

  • on December 8, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    It would be a shame for the Ausies if Shane Warne is asked to comeback. This is the real test for the Australian selectors to find out the best replacement for the king of the spin Shane Warne which right now seems to be Nathan Hauritz. And i wonder why is Marcus North getting so many chances with such poor performance. And for Katich's replacement I think Usman Khwaja is the best candidate.

  • on December 8, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    One more thing which can be great is....If warnie comes back and breaks the Record of murali.....Would Murali will also come back and take his name again on the record sheet.... Wow its very exciting...

  • masterblaster1971 on December 8, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Clutching at straws! Why don't they bring back Lillie, Mcgrath and Thompson while they are at it! Nothing is going to stop the frieght train that is England.

  • Adhiqarie on December 8, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Ok then I think we should bring Botham back...hehe

  • S.N.Singh on December 8, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    SHANE WARNE IS THE GREAT ONE BUT AS USUAL AUSTRALIA ALWAYS PLAY THEIR PLAYERS TO START AT AN AVERAGE OF 28 YEARS. SO WHY NOT WARNE AT 41 YEARS. THEY HAVE SMITH AT 20 DOING NOTHING WITH HIM. WHY ARE NOT THEY GIVING HIM A CHANCE. I THINK HE CAN DO IT. WARNE AND BENAUD CAME TO BE WORLD CLASS AND THE MOST DISTRUCTIVE AUSTRALAIA BOWLERS. PLAY SMITH A HAVE A GAME. LEGBREAK/GOOGLY. S. N SINGH U S A

  • Philip_Gnana on December 8, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Desperation.... and the desperate Aussies. Brings to mind the calypso " Come back Warney (Lisa) Come back dear...water come to me eye". Well done England for humiliating the Aussies thus far. Have the Aussies forgotten that there are three more test matches to play for? Or have they given up already? Hauritz was he not the new Warney less than a year ago? Let not what has happened to the boxing world happen to cricket. The young guns need a chance and a good run. Employ the Simpson strategy and prepare for future. Greg Chappell has taken the OZ down Swaney like he did the Indians. The longer they keep him the longer they will have to endure humiliation. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • Artisticdemon on December 8, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    SHANE WARNE is a living legend and his country requires him why not....he can play and at the age of 40 even he has the venom to destroy ENGALND single handidly. LOVE TO C U BACK if u r ready WARNY:) indiangazza: u kind of people always had a ego problem whether its cricket or any other situation, you love to drag Pakistan in other's mess, but let me tell you that you didnt have the answers of ASIF & AMIR so with ur politics you have made our prime bowlers suffer, indians love to put us down cause they still cannot induldge that we have much better players than them in any form of crickert, its only we are suffering cause of ur politics against us..........whatever u write whatever u think v r the best and will be the best just wait and watch, PAKISTAN ZINDABAD...

  • on December 8, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    The only option to bring back Warne (if he at all considers it) is to make him the captain and end Poting's era. Cricket Australia owes him an unsaid promise that should have been fulfilled long ago. In the uptight thought process of having a 'role model' captain the side, they obviously overlooked a shrewd mind.. This is of course after Warne agrees to come back.. Would love to see him back in action for WC'11.

  • on December 8, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    @Something_Witty : Mate do you mean bowling Cheese Rolls? as i recall Gooch saying once!

  • on December 8, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Warne - Non-playing captain! Just get him involved. Give him 5-6 rookie players and a case of beer. From then on, for all practical purposes, Hauritz can be the captain, vice captain and coach. Drop those three arrogant SOBs who are holding that title today! Ashes will be Aussies and Cricket will be fun! (As much as I hate the OZs, I don't like the fun of them biting dust without a fight). Drop Punter, drop Clarke!

  • on December 8, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    Why not Stuart MacGill ,Where is he?

  • misrt28 on December 8, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    wat about jason krejza???? laast time he played he took 8 wickets....

  • suresh_sksj on December 8, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    well come back, come back, if that was possible every country would like to call back their best past players, you cant call back them from heveans, like Sir Don, but at least request, people like Lillee,Thomo,Lara,Miandad,Imran,Kapil,Sunil, etc...but the rule of nature does not alow that to happen, they are all gone beyond the "Expiry Date".. even in shopping stores they remove stuff that dont sell for 5 days, every raise has a fall, that's the rule of nature, WI rose in the 70's 80's, they fell, Aus rose in the 90's, they r falling, India is raising now, they too will fall, the solution is when a team is raising they need to make sure how they will sustain there at the top for a longer time, succession planning, new players, grooming young tallent, Aus made the mistake of concentrating on the top best 15 guys and the young kept playing B&H, 1day, 20/20, IPL, etc and did not get an opportunity to play test, so it's difficult now to replace the bunch who retired in short time in Aus

  • tabres on December 8, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    warnie will not return to international arena as he said.i still think australia is the better side when comes to play competitive cricket.those who think australian days are gone i would like to remind them that do not look at their players instead look at their approach towards game.their structure of game of cricket is more religious rather than professionalism.

  • on December 8, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Can't believe all this suggestion that the Aussies are finished and will go the way of the Windies. This is Australia, a nation for whom sport means everything! As an Englishman I'd love to win the series 4-0, but I just can't see it. When we beat them in 2005, they came back with a vengeance 18 months later and crucified us without mercy. Once again they are like a wounded animal, so forget about how poor they're playing, expect a full on retaliation in the third test. Sport has no fury like an Aussie scorned!

  • Rohan0309 on December 8, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    It was silly of Ponting to drop Hauritz in the first place! He is unanimously the best spinner Australia have! Steve Smith is too young to handle test cricket! Bring back MJ for Perth and Hauritz too..Bollinger and Siddle the other two quickies..

  • pk_cric_rox on December 8, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    @indiangazza. u r so funny .not becoz of ur comment but becoz of u mentioning pakistan while everybody else is talking about ashes n come back of warne.but if u must talk about it,,, then yeah pakistan brings back players n thats how they saved themselves from humiliation against world's best test team SA in UAE. players do get retired but if they uphold their team's necessity over their personal decision u cant call it a crime n if warne thinks he still has something to offer to australian team he should come back n serve his country... so tell me gazza wat is so wrong about coming out of retirement? or is it just ur hate against pakistan that compels u to talk about pakistan cricket even if others r talking about boxing?

  • on December 8, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    The best thing can be done to save current Aus team is, bring Warne back and give him the Captaincy..!!

  • mandi on December 8, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    he should make a comeback i think aussies need him badliy

  • gooey_kablooie on December 8, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    @chad_reid : I second your statement. Please clone him before its too late.

  • SzlyAr on December 8, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    Whoa! Warnie is the only bowler that I know of who has been requested I think on a few occasions to come back to international Cricket. Such a Legend! This isn't a solution though. Australia HAS to find a solution from among the resources available.

  • vichan on December 8, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    Warne's last series against an in-form England side was in 2005, when he was at the height of his powers. However even though he took 40+ wickets in the series, it STILL wasn't enough to prevent Australia from losing that series. That was with McGrath, Gillespie, Lee and Kasprowicz making up the remainder of the attack. Although England's 2005 bowling line-up was superior to the current one, the 2010 batting line-up is much stronger. So even if Warne came back, with the likes of Siddle and Bollinger being his support pacemen, the Englishmen would still be far too strong for the Aussies.

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 8, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    I wonder if Jack Hobbs wants this next gig. Strauss got a duck in the last innings so i think we need a better player.

  • on December 8, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    give him a break ..He is a great bowler but he is 40. He deserves his rest. OZ r all over.... dey will be like "D NEW" west indies..hahahaha

  • on December 8, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    @Indiangazza wheres the funny bit in your rant ? perhaps watchout, its u lot who might need likes of Kumbles & srinaths because indian bowling is (like it always has been) very very below par and you cant win world cup just on the back of batting.

  • Manoj_Achan on December 8, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Warne will not make a comeback, since he himself told he is not fit for TESTS, hence he plays only IPL. Also, Cricket Australia is not like PCB, to lick the spat. They have never done that and will never do. Australia , especially Ricky Ponting, did a terrible mistake by picking Doherty over Hauritz. Look at how Swann got the wickets and crippled Australia. Hauritz would have taken at least 2-3 per innings, not like world-class Swann, but still could have helped. Steven Smith was a good option for Adelaide, but Ponting could not see the failure of Doherty at Brisbane. Ricky has become the old politician, who cannot think over his ego. Thats the problem.

  • on December 8, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    I am not able to judge, whether this(warne's comeback) is hilarious or stupid or both! What happened to metal dis-integration?

  • NBRADEE on December 8, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    This is obviously the beginning of the end of the dominance of the Australian cricket team - can anyone remember when last they lost a Test at home by an innings?

    Tell you what - if they get into more of that silly talk about dropping persons and bringing back legends, they will reach West Indian depths of mediocrity sooner than they think!

    They need to think back to the fact that ANY team can come back from the debacle of defeat to win a series - there are three Tests left, and they are at home, too!

    Aussies, drop no one! Chopping and changing now is a recipe for disaster!!!

  • Indiangazza on December 8, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Only of Oz was like Pakistan, Hayden, Langer, Gilly, Warnie and McGrath would have made 2 or 3 comebacks from retirement by now... Well, there is atleast something good about Pakistan cricket... Maybe Zaheer Abbas and Miandad play the 2011 WC ?? ;-)

  • Something_Witty on December 8, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    Warne will not be making a comeback. End of story. He's past it now anyway, he's been bowling meat pies in the IPL the last couple of years.

  • chad_reid on December 8, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Clone him now clone him now i say before its too late the greatest bowler ever

  • Navin84 on December 8, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Doesn't make sense he comes back, England would dominate him. The aussies are going down like the Windies in the mid 90's onwards. West Indies still had the likes of Ambrose, Walsh, Lara, Chanderpaul when they started to slump, Aussies have Pointing, Hussey, Clarke and going down too. So without Hayden, Gilchrist, Warne and McGrath the Aussies are nothing. Pointing days are over, he should retire after this series.

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  • Navin84 on December 8, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Doesn't make sense he comes back, England would dominate him. The aussies are going down like the Windies in the mid 90's onwards. West Indies still had the likes of Ambrose, Walsh, Lara, Chanderpaul when they started to slump, Aussies have Pointing, Hussey, Clarke and going down too. So without Hayden, Gilchrist, Warne and McGrath the Aussies are nothing. Pointing days are over, he should retire after this series.

  • chad_reid on December 8, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Clone him now clone him now i say before its too late the greatest bowler ever

  • Something_Witty on December 8, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    Warne will not be making a comeback. End of story. He's past it now anyway, he's been bowling meat pies in the IPL the last couple of years.

  • Indiangazza on December 8, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Only of Oz was like Pakistan, Hayden, Langer, Gilly, Warnie and McGrath would have made 2 or 3 comebacks from retirement by now... Well, there is atleast something good about Pakistan cricket... Maybe Zaheer Abbas and Miandad play the 2011 WC ?? ;-)

  • NBRADEE on December 8, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    This is obviously the beginning of the end of the dominance of the Australian cricket team - can anyone remember when last they lost a Test at home by an innings?

    Tell you what - if they get into more of that silly talk about dropping persons and bringing back legends, they will reach West Indian depths of mediocrity sooner than they think!

    They need to think back to the fact that ANY team can come back from the debacle of defeat to win a series - there are three Tests left, and they are at home, too!

    Aussies, drop no one! Chopping and changing now is a recipe for disaster!!!

  • on December 8, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    I am not able to judge, whether this(warne's comeback) is hilarious or stupid or both! What happened to metal dis-integration?

  • Manoj_Achan on December 8, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Warne will not make a comeback, since he himself told he is not fit for TESTS, hence he plays only IPL. Also, Cricket Australia is not like PCB, to lick the spat. They have never done that and will never do. Australia , especially Ricky Ponting, did a terrible mistake by picking Doherty over Hauritz. Look at how Swann got the wickets and crippled Australia. Hauritz would have taken at least 2-3 per innings, not like world-class Swann, but still could have helped. Steven Smith was a good option for Adelaide, but Ponting could not see the failure of Doherty at Brisbane. Ricky has become the old politician, who cannot think over his ego. Thats the problem.

  • on December 8, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    @Indiangazza wheres the funny bit in your rant ? perhaps watchout, its u lot who might need likes of Kumbles & srinaths because indian bowling is (like it always has been) very very below par and you cant win world cup just on the back of batting.

  • on December 8, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    give him a break ..He is a great bowler but he is 40. He deserves his rest. OZ r all over.... dey will be like "D NEW" west indies..hahahaha

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 8, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    I wonder if Jack Hobbs wants this next gig. Strauss got a duck in the last innings so i think we need a better player.