Australian cricket legend Shane Warne has backed down from suggestions that he could be ready to make a sensational return to Test cricket for the Ashes series against England next year – despite being away from the five-day format since 2007.
The leg-spinner has been keeping himself fit by playing in Australia’s ‘Big Bash’ twenty20 league and it appears there was some confusions over whether Warne said he ‘would’ or ‘could’ play Test cricket again.
With the kind of bowler he is, the Aussie could probably still do a very good job for his side and claim more victims with his majestic bowling. It is also well known that he is very good friends with current Test captain Michael Clarke, but after realising what he had said had caused a media frenzy – Warne took to Twitter to explain the situation.
“Clarification guys & thank you for the kind words, but…I was asked ‘could’ I play not ‘would’ I play..yes, I could..didn’t say I would!”
“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!” Warne wrote.
After losing a legend in Ricky Ponting to retirement earlier in the week, fans all around Australia would have surly been over-the-moon that another one could be returning, especially as he is one of the best bowlers of all time.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain has even suggested Clarke should try and persuade his friend to come back and put on that famous baggy green cap one more.
He said: “Warne is the greatest cricketer I ever played against, and he has never been anything less than absolutely box-office. I’d love to see him play for Australia again. Who wouldn’t?”
It is safe to say that the Aussies haven’t got anywhere near finding a spinner of his class since 2007. In fact, they have tried out as many as twelve slow bowlers in Test cricket and none of them have been anywhere near the class of Warne, who is second in the all-tim Test wickets list.
If he did play in the next Ashes series, it would be one of the most eagerly anticipated of all time. You never really need to spice up a battle between England and Australia – but the 43-year-old being included would do just that.
For now though, Clarke will be concentrating on beating Sri Lanka in a three match Test series which gets underway later in the month.
Nathan Lyon is the man likely to be given the task of being the leading spinner. Although he is more than capable of taking wickets – he is no Shane Warne.