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Last Updated: Friday, 17 August 2007, 16:49 GMT 17:49 UK
Warne ponders German passport bid
Shane Warne
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Test great Shane Warne is investigating whether he qualifies for a German passport so he can play county cricket in England as a non-overseas player.

"My Mum was German. She came over to Australia when she was, I think, four or five," he told BBC Sport.

"With only one overseas [player] next year, it's something we're looking at."

Warne, Test cricket's top wicket-taker, will captain Hampshire in the Friends Provident Trophy final against Durham at Lord's on Saturday.

The 37-year-old first played for Hampshire seven years ago and has been with the club since 2004 in his current spell.

He is contracted to the county club until the end of next season, having retired from Test cricket in January with a record of 708 wickets in 145 matches.

Clubs are currently allowed to have two overseas players at present, but that will be reduced to one next summer.

Players holding European Union passports do not, however, count towards the quota.

Warne's South African team-mate Nic Pothas, for example, qualifies through Greek ancestry and New Zealander Hamish Marshall is playing for Gloucestershire on an Irish passport.

If Warne were able to obtain dual nationality, it would enable Hampshire to look elsewhere for someone to fill their overseas vacancy.

"I've sat down with Shane and had a long discussion with him and he went away from the meeting quite happy with the idea," Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove told The Australian newspaper.

"He's given me and my county board an undertaking that he will pursue the matter over the winter. But rest assured, even when he gets it, you'll never be able to take the Australian out of Shane Warne."

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