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Warne to return for Ashes?

2012-12-04 20:10

Cape Town - Legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne says he would consider returning to Test cricket for the Ashes series in England next year if skipper Michael Clarke sends him an SOS.

The 43-year-old Warne, currently preparing for the Big Bash League opener on Friday night, believes he is bowling as well as at any time since retiring from Test cricket in 2007.

He told the Herald Sun website, he has "absolutely no doubt'' he could bowl successfully at Test level again.

While admitting he is "very happily'' retired from international cricket, the Victorian said if the call came from his best mate Clarke, he'd have to rethink.

Warne said it would be a huge sacrifice out of his current lifestyle, but has no doubts that he'll still have what it takes.

"You asked me if I think I could still play international cricket if I wanted to just turn up, do my bowling and if the first Test match was in three weeks, do you think I could play, (then) I'd have no hesitation in saying yes - and I think I'd do pretty well.

"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.

"My kids are turning 16, 14 and 12 next year and we're juggling two continents, (wife-to-be) Elizabeth's (Hurley) work and my work commitments.

Warne played 145 Tests for Australia, taking 708 wickets at an average of 25.41.

Sport24

Comments
  • edmund.deane.37 - 2012-12-04 20:31

    That would be awesome Shane Warne = leg..... Wait for it ... Wait for it dary!!!!

      Citroes - 2012-12-04 20:58

      Dude... no. Get it right. Legdary is not a word.

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-12-05 09:14

      i hear sa is bringing back pat symcox too

  • johan.venter.77964 - 2012-12-04 20:44

    Windgat!

  • kndobe - 2012-12-04 21:03

    I enjoyed his bowling very much

  • raymond.lloyd.73 - 2012-12-04 21:37

    LOL , old aged home candidate to bowl for Aussies .....

  • avremel.niselow - 2012-12-04 21:38

    Wow the Aussies are getting desperate, if Bradman was still alive they'd probably bring him back too.

  • Gareth L Pieterse - 2012-12-04 21:48

    Do his run-up in a wheel-chair.

  • tamara.webster.9 - 2012-12-04 22:10

    the aussies are getting desperate

      joubert.joep - 2012-12-05 00:08

      Not LBW it will be leg lost before wicket - llbw

  • rory.n.price - 2012-12-04 22:32

    He never did badly in IPL, he will do some damage

      evan.connock - 2012-12-04 23:40

      Would have to agree with you on this one. f it was anyone else, I'd say it would be too late to actually "help" an Australian team win the Ashes, BUT Mr Warne, is no ordinary bowler, I think he could wipe the England batting out, and would'nt that be a great sight.

  • malcolm.stevens.129 - 2012-12-04 22:53

    Well bowled Warney.... it just won't be the same without Gilchrist saying those words.

      pienaar.kloppers.5 - 2012-12-05 09:16

      C'mon! It was Ian Healy that said it WAY before Gilly!

  • Maakwena Malepe - 2012-12-05 02:38

    Come on dude u r old now sit down relax and enjoy your retirement unless if u wanna ruin your legendary status

  • louwrens.dutoit.9 - 2012-12-05 03:40

    Maak n verspotting van die sport! Terwyl jul besig is, roep sommer vir pigeon ,ghilly en punter ook terug! Absoluut belaglik!!

  • louwrens.dutoit.9 - 2012-12-05 03:45

    Belaglik! Roep sommer vir ghilly ,mcrath ,hayden en ponting terug. Donnerse windgat dink steeds di son skyn yt sy poephol uit!

  • phillip.marchant.52 - 2012-12-05 04:52

    Shame, Shane - I think that one's a 'dead rubber' - just like the one on your face. Instead embarrassing your three kids in the public domain, wouldn't it have been better just to send Clarkie an SMS?

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-12-05 07:11

    better send ian chappel a sos as well, 'save our sissies'

  • thethird.wors - 2012-12-05 07:14

    they said the same thing last Ashes. Leave it be.

  • justin.curtis.3576 - 2012-12-05 07:59

    I have to say that I can not believe the Ausies are even considering it! I realy hope this is just a media hokes. The man was one of the best to play the game, lets rather remember him like that!! then him trying to make a international come back and losing the iconic status that he holds at this moment.

      andile.nokhetshe - 2012-12-05 08:10

      I agree with you 100%

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-12-05 08:49

      Advice Schumi could've used

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-12-05 09:09

    Is Liz gonna do his make-up?

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