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Ashes: Swann plays down Warne return talk

Shane Warne
Warne has described talk of his return as 'flattering'

Spinner Graeme Swann feels talk of spin legend Shane Warne returning to the Australia team for the rest of the Ashes series is a boost for England.

The tourists' innings and 71-run win in the second Test in Adelaide has put them 1-0 up in the five-match series.

But Swann believes the speculation surrounding a possible Warne comeback shows Australia are running scared.

"It's good for us that the Aussies are doing this and the public are looking for Shane to get back," said Swann.

"I very much doubt that he would come out of retirement to play just in these three games.

"He's not played any cricket for so long. We'll just carry on as we are and let the Aussies worry about that."

Speculation that Warne, Australia's all-time leading wicket-taker, could make a shock return to Test ranks after four years has intensified since the Adelaide game.

Although a return for the 41-year-old is unlikely, Warne, who flew into London on Wednesday for a promotional visit, has not categorically ruled out the possibility of putting the Baggy Green back on, saying only he was "very flattered" by the Australian media and public's calls for his return.

Brisbane cricket fan Ross Heywood has established a website devoted to raising funds to entice Warne to make himself available.

But England wicket-keeper Matt Prior is refusing to get carried away with the idea of possibly facing Warne in the remaining three matches of the series.


"It's the Ashes, a lot of things are said and names thrown about," said Prior.

"Whoever comes into the team we'll obviously respect and look at and play as we would any other player in Australia, so whether it be Warney or anyone else, it doesn't really matter to us.

"We'll look at video footage, we've got a lot of players who have had a lot of experience against him and we'll take it from there, but I'd be very surprised."

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