Warne sparks media frenzy

2012-12-05 11:32

Sydney - Shane Warne on Wednesday apologised to Australia Test skipper Michael Clarke after comments about a possible dramatic return for next year's Ashes series against England sparked a media frenzy.

"Sorry @MClarke23 if you woke up to calls!!!! See you soon buddy," he tweeted to the skipper, a close friend.

The 43-year-old leg-spinner, regarded as one of the game's greatest players, quit Tests in 2007 but captained the Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals for four years, winning the inaugural tournament in 2008.

Now preparing for another season in Australia's Big Bash League with the Melbourne Stars, he told News Limited newspapers that he had "absolutely no doubt" he could bowl successfully at Test level again.

Warne said that if Clarke suggested his services were needed after the Test team's recent bowling struggles against South Africa, he would give it some serious thought.

"If your best friend says, 'Mate, I want you to seriously consider making a commitment to Australian cricket and coming back out of retirement', (to) make myself available for selection, that's a different scenario," Warne said.

"From a purely bowling perspective, I don't think my form would be the concern, it's just the time and actually making that commitment again."

He added that he felt the urge to play the five-day game again while watching the third and final Test against South Africa in Perth when the Australian attack struggled to make an impact in the Proteas' second innings.

"I felt like I wanted to jump off the couch and grab the ball," he said.

"I really felt for Michael Clarke from a captaincy point of view.

"When you've got international bowlers bowling one or two full-tosses an over and half-volleys, I felt for Pup, I really felt for him."

Australia lost the third Test on Monday by 309 runs and the series 1-0, missing out on the chance to return to the top of the international rankings.

But with Australian media buzzing about a possible return, Warne, who remains Australia's highest ever wicket-taker with 708 Test scalps, took to Twitter to hose down the speculation.

"Clarification guys & thankyou for the kind words, but... I was asked 'could' I play not 'would' I play. yes, I could. didn't say I would!," he tweeted.

In a second tweet, he added: "It was a hypothetical question re if Michael Clarke asked me. Read my quotes 'I'm not asking Michael to ask me' Hope I didn't disappoint!"

The speculation saw Warne's fiancee Liz Hurley, the English model and actress, take to Twitter to give her opinion.

"Hmmm....good question re who would I support if @warne888 played in the Ashes," she said.

"I think I'd want @warne888 to bowl brilliantly but be let down by all his Aussie team mates so England won but he was Man of Every Match."

Australia play five Ashes Tests against England in July and August next year, desperate to win after suffering back-to-back series defeats against their oldest rival.


  • erich.goosen - 2012-12-05 12:05

    Why apologise? Anyone is entitled to make a fool of himself.

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-12-05 12:44

      And we all know hoe Warney made an idiot of himself in the last two series the Proteas played

  • newbornr - 2012-12-05 12:08

    Same idiot that predicted a series loss in England followed by a 2-0 series loss in Australia. Seems the bloke is in need of some media attention!

  • Jacques - 2012-12-05 12:09

    How can anyone still be taking this oake seriously? He predicted a 2-0 eng victory, and now said aus would beat us? Wrong on both counts. So yeah. Who cares if you can or can't still bowl. This aint 2002, warne, I doubt a 43 y/o would win an ashes series #justsaying

  • chiepner - 2012-12-05 12:09

    Warne was a amazing spin bowler, maybe the most attacking and intelecually sound spinner I ever had the privlage to watch, but I am afraid he's mouth is again writing cheques that he cant cash. He is implying that if he was able to bowl that 3rd test he would of single handedly dispatched of the Protea's batsmen and Aussies would of won the match. First of all Shane - you WHERE a good bowler (past tense) - batsmen have developed and the South African Batsmen is not of the same class you faced when you where still tweaking the ball. To assume you would take them to the cleaners is arrogant at best. Now we understand watching your country fall over the last hurdle is not a very nice thing to witness. i myself have seen how our South African cricket teams of the past squandered good oppertunities against your country men, but then again back then beating that Aussie side demanded a great deal from any team and the Aussies was the best in that space of time. What does irk me is that it is starting to sound that you are fast becoming the new Richie Benaud who so loves to bash us South Africans. Look Warney - simple fact is the Aussies have been outplayed the last test. At one stage our batsmen went at 6 rpo and even with you throwing down some balls I am sure we would of still managed to win that game. The Aussies made a good fist out of this series but the Protea's was on that day just far better that the opposing team. Losing happens and sometimes it happens to your team.

      Deon de Lange - 2012-12-05 12:19

      Hehe. Fully agree, mate. Could not have said it better (or with greater verbosity) myself. That big mouth of his has gone and put his buddy Clarke in an awkward spot. Gotta love all the Aussie squirming, though. Well done Proteas for putting that particular cat among the pigeons.

  • betsy.fulton.5 - 2012-12-05 12:27

    One person doth not a team make .........face it: the Proteas were awesome AS A TEAM!

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-12-05 12:54

    Not a bright move, at his age and his weight cook and co will destroy him

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-12-05 13:42

    Thought that this a---hole Warne was told by his wife to shut up and not speak to the press in future. What a creep this maaifoedie is. Will try anything to stay in the news.

      lara.simshandcock - 2012-12-06 08:54

      Metro-sexual Warne - his makeup would melt in the sun

  • rodney.louis.7 - 2012-12-05 14:48

    lol wasnt warning maybe referring to a "bowl of chips , cookies or anything edible" lol

  • Daniel Nunes - 2012-12-05 18:16

    Best bowler the game has ever seen. not a chucker like that sri lankan gardener...

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-12-06 01:20

      That's the absolute truth!!! As in the words of that old SA add "Chuck us another one Murali" For all the thumbs down, damn the truth hurts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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