Should Warne make a comeback?

December 9, 2010 at 10:39 am Leave a comment

It would be the cricket story of year and Shane Warne has added fuel to the fire by refusing to rule out an international test comeback.

The possible return of Warne has been the subject of intense debate in Australia following their humiliating innings defeat against England at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.

Xavier Doherty’s brief Test career looks to be coming to a close and with a dearth of spinning options around, many have called for Warne to return to see if he can swing the Ashes betting in the home side’s favour.

Warne still turns out for IPL side Rajasthan Royals but that is only for a few weeks a year and he only ever bowls four overs a session.

He has previously admitted he is fit enough to play, but the match fitness require to last five days of Test cricket is definitely lacking.

But such was the manner of Australia’s defeat on Tuesday, their first home innings defeat since 1993, is the time right for Warne to return?

After all England are one of his favoured opposition and even after all this time he still holds a psychological hold over England after terrorising them for more than 15 years. Anyone who has bet on the Ashes will no doubt be intrigued by the prospect of him making a comeback.

It would also be a stark recognition of the current side’s failings and the lack of planning made by Cricket Australia in preparing for the mass retirement of their dominant team of the 90s and 00s.

But the Ashes is a honour they hold dear and if a Warne return can help them snatch them back into Australian hands, and give them time to prepare a proper replacement for the return series in 2013, then they may see it as a gamble worth taking.


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