Shane Warne would consider Test comeback, if asked
Shane Warne believes he could still play Test cricket to a high standard and hinted he could be persuaded to represent Australia once again
The leg-spinner is the second highest wicket-taker of all time in Tests with 708 scalps — second only to his great rival Muttiah Muralitharan.
Yet despite his age and more than five years away from Test cricket, 43-year-old Warne thinks he could still make an impact.
With a back-to-back Ashes series around the corner and his best friend Michael Clarke skipper of the Australia side, Warne stated he would not dismiss a return out of hand. “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,” Warne was quoted as saying by www.adelaidenow.com.au.
“Especially with back-to-back Ashes coming up next year where you take three spinners with you and say, ‘Righto, work with these spinners and see how you go.’ That’s a different kettle of fish. I’m definitely not asking for Clarke to come out and say that — that’s a different scenario. You asked me if I think I could still play international cricket if I wanted to just turn up, do my bowling and if the first match was in three weeks, do you think I could play? I’d have no hesitation in saying yes — and I think I’d do pretty well.
“From a purely bowling perspective, I don’t think my form would be the concern, it’s just the time and actually making that commitment again,” he added.
Sign up for all the latest news, top galleries and trending videos from Mid-day.comSubscribe
Snooker champ Aditya Mehta: Pro Snooker is cut-throat but that's what I live for