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Warne tempted by Ashes comeback

Shane Warne
Warne says he could be tempted back by the chance to face England

Shane Warne says he could be willing to come out of retirement for next year's Ashes Tour of England.

The 38-year-old quit the Test arena in 2007 following Australia's 5-0 win over England, and retired from all first-class cricket earlier this year.

"If they really needed me and there was no-one else around, you'd weigh up the options," said Warne.

But Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland poured cold water on the idea, saying Warne was not available.

"I've been in cricket long enough not to be surprised of any headlines that Warnie grabs," he said.

"The simple answer is that Shane is retired from international cricket and has been for 15 months or so."


Warne retired in January 2007, ending his 145-Test career with a haul of 708 wickets at an average of 25.42, a world record at the time.

He said if he were tempted to make a comeback, it would be strictly a one-off because of the special lure of playing England, as one of the reasons he quit was to escape the regular grind of touring.

"If Stuart MacGill fell over and broke his leg, and there were no other spinners around, and Ricky came out and said, 'Mate, can you please help us out for this one-off tour? We need you,' that is something I would weigh up," he added.

But Ponting told The Australian newspaper it was news to him.

"He has never mentioned anything to me about coming back for the Ashes and I don't think that will happen," he said.

see also
Warne rules out Hampshire return
27 Mar 08 |  Hampshire
Warne not available until August
15 Feb 08 |  Hampshire
Warne to miss games to play poker
16 Jan 08 |  Hampshire
Warne to coach Australia spinners
26 Dec 07 |  Australia

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