Don’t write off a Shane Warne Test return just yet

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    Where there’s smoke there’s fire with Shane Warne. Australian captain Michael Clarke reignited the flames yesterday.

    “Yeah, I spoke to Warnie and nothing has really changed.”

    “I think Warnie retired about five years ago and from the day he retired I’ve been asking him to come back and play (Tests) for Australia”.

    Crystal clear where the skipper stands, the rest is up to Shane Warne.

    He’s 43, and to quote him he’s fit and bowling as well as ever.

    Those are the two most vital factors – to link with the undisputed fact he’s the best – the best leggie in history, the best captain Australia never had which is Warne’s own fault with his off-field misdemeanours, the best television commentator, and still the best drawcard in Australian cricket.

    Charisma plus.

    But then it gets harder. If he is to return he will have to play Sheffield Shield cricket for the Vics, a stipulation from both the selectors and Clarke.

    That’s the only real stumbling block with Warne so multi-talented he may not feel obliged to restrict his activities.

    He has one foot in London with fiancee Liz Hurley, the other in Melbourne with his kids, the distance too great.

    But you can see where Clarke is coming from with a Test attack that no-one fears, an attack that has great difficulty is dismissing good sides twice to win a Test.

    His pacemen keep breaking down so there’s little continuity and four spinners on the roster – offies Nathan Lyon and Glenn Maxwell, and left armers Michael Beer and Xavier Doherty – none of whom will ever rip opposition batsmen apart.

    And no leggies.

    Warne knows the how, underlined by his 37 hauls of five Test wickets in an innings and 10 wickets in a match 10 times.

    The current attack can only dream of those figures.

    So let’s have Warne back in the mix.

    The Ashes schedule is exciting – five Tests in England from July 10 to August 25 at Trent Bridge, Lords, Old Trafford, Chester-le-Street, and The Oval followed by five more in Australia from November 21 to January seven at the Gabba, Adelaide, WACA, MCG, and SCG.

    History making.

    That schedule would become even more exciting if Shane Keith Warne was an integral part of it.

    It’s entirely up to him.

    David Lord
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    • December 8th 2012 @ 6:44am
      John R said | December 8th 2012 @ 6:44am | ! Report

      Warnie got towelled up last night sadly. 2 over for 41 runs. Dropped catch(es). Maybe he is too old?

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        December 8th 2012 @ 12:58pm
        Glenn Mitchell said | December 8th 2012 @ 12:58pm | ! Report

        Hi David,
        What about bringing Adam Gilchrist back for Wade? Retired a lot later than Warne and was smshing it around in the IPL up until a year ago. I am sorry old mate, but I think Shane is done and dusted at international level. He did actually look like an old ex-player last night. To play Test cricket he would have to turn out for the remainder of the summer with the Bushrangers at Shield level. I could never see him doing that.

        • December 8th 2012 @ 2:12pm
          Shahid said | December 8th 2012 @ 2:12pm | ! Report

          Hi David! Warne and gilchrist are a part of history. It would be a joke for cricket two young players should drop and two old should include in test squad for young cricketers. Are you kidding. Warne and Gilchrist should convert their experience to young cricketers.

    • December 8th 2012 @ 7:11am
      MattRusty said | December 8th 2012 @ 7:11am | ! Report

      Please everyone, think twice before commenting. David probably thinks he is successful when he writes an article that ignites a debate with hundreds of comments.

      This is lazy work David. This is Women’s Weekly quality work.

      • December 8th 2012 @ 7:26am
        David Lord said | December 8th 2012 @ 7:26am | ! Report

        MattRusty, you were one to knock the idea when I first wrote about it a couple of weeks ago. It’s gone a lot further now, get with it.

        • December 8th 2012 @ 7:50am
          MattRusty said | December 8th 2012 @ 7:50am | ! Report

          Three words David make this article rubbish.

          Warnie isn’t fit.

          He isn’t game fit. He is a promotional tool. You know it, but its easier to write about fantasy than put together a researched piece.

      • December 8th 2012 @ 12:52pm
        Hansie said | December 8th 2012 @ 12:52pm | ! Report

        You’re underestimating David Lord’s persistence. He can drag this non-issue out for at least another couple of articles.

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        December 8th 2012 @ 1:04pm
        dasilva said | December 8th 2012 @ 1:04pm | ! Report

        To be fair on David

        Whilst I agree with most people that Warne is past it

        he is simply reporting that Michael Clarke supports Warne doing a comeback and actually asked Warne to go out of retirement many times and contacted Cricket australia about this possibility.

        That is big news and should be reported

        No one here has commented on the signfiicance of Clarke’s comments

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          December 8th 2012 @ 1:08pm
          dasilva said | December 8th 2012 @ 1:08pm | ! Report

          Just reading Clarke comment there seems to be an implication that Clarke wants Warne to go straight back in the test side whilst it was only Cricket Australia restriction that Warne has to prove himself with Victoria that’s stopping Warne from making a comeback

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      December 8th 2012 @ 7:17am
      Atawhai Drive said | December 8th 2012 @ 7:17am | ! Report

      I take your point, MattRusty, but here goes anyway.

      David’s piece must have been written before last night’s reality check.

      Warney bowled two overs. They went for 41 runs. He also dropped a sitter of a catch.

      He looked like someone who didn’t know when to quit. He’s 43, too old even for T20.

      Time waits for no man.

      • December 8th 2012 @ 7:23am
        David Lord said | December 8th 2012 @ 7:23am | ! Report

        AD, get real – a Twenty20 game against a Test?

        • December 8th 2012 @ 7:47am
          Atawhai Drive said | December 8th 2012 @ 7:47am | ! Report

          Precisely, David. He’s too old even for T20 hit and giggle.

          Exposure to the harsh reality of Test cricket would be even more embarrassing.

        • December 8th 2012 @ 7:52am
          Jayden said | December 8th 2012 @ 7:52am | ! Report

          Yes a test which lasts for 5 days seven hours a day and he looked tired after 20 overs

          He’s past it, new options

          And Clarke said he needs to prove himself in first class cricket not jump right into the test team which you seen.to be insinuating

        • December 8th 2012 @ 11:20am
          Mango Jack said | December 8th 2012 @ 11:20am | ! Report

          He may look trim and wrinkle free, but reflexes decline over time. He’s simply too old, and last night proved that.

    • December 8th 2012 @ 7:55am
      Sailosi said | December 8th 2012 @ 7:55am | ! Report

      He looked like he was running on stilts. Do you honestly think he could bowl 60 overs in a test, field for 150-200 overs and back up a week later? Plus his batting is non existent these days.

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    • December 8th 2012 @ 8:00am
      Christo the Daddyo said | December 8th 2012 @ 8:00am | ! Report

      “He’s 43, and to quote him he’s fit and bowling as well as ever.”

      Ha ha!!!!!

      So how does that match up with last night’s performance David? Worst Australian T20 bowling figures ever.

      You, like Warnie, are deluded.

    • December 8th 2012 @ 8:21am
      Boomer said | December 8th 2012 @ 8:21am | ! Report

      ” the best television commentator” ?

      Warne just drones on and on and gives very little insight into the game except an occasional “He’s bowling beudaful”.

      As for an Ashes return, Warne would struggle as he needs to adjust his action to get his arm around his huge botox infused head.

      Every article written about this supposed comeback over the last 5 years just adds to Warne’s ego. Enough fawning.

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