Shane Warne back on a cricket field and playing in the Ashes? For 24 hours it seemed like it might be a tantalising, if unlikely possibility, sparked by Warne himself when he told News Limited “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.”
Cricket Australia took him seriously enough to say that Warne will need to play domestic cricket first before he could be considered for selection, but the 43-year-old spinner turned around to say he wasn’t exactly serious when he made those comments.
“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!” Warne said on Twitter.
“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 !”
“Sorry MClarke23 if you woke up to calls! See you soon buddy….”
However, some of former contemporaries think Warne could pull it off if he decided that’s what he wanted to do. Muttiah Muralitharan, who will take on Warne in the Twenty20 Big Bash League season opener on Friday, thought Warne was talented enough and fit enough to pull off a comeback, if he wanted to do so.
Meanwhile retired England skipper Nasser Hussain told English newspapers it would be great for the Ashes if Warne came back. “Warne is the greatest cricketer I ever played against, and he has never been anything less than absolutely box-office,” Hussain said.
Warne retired from Test cricket in January 2007 and has 195 Ashes wickets in 36 Tests at an average of 23.25.