Warne could spark Stars to BBL title

August 21, 2012 at 11:44 am Leave a comment


The news that Shane Warne is set to play in the Big Bash League this summer will come as a great relief to members of the Australian cricket betting community after rumours surfaced that he was on the verge on definite retirement.

Warne has been confirmed as captain of the Melbourne Stars along with Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga, and the Stars are already hotly tipped to take the BBL title when the tournament gets underway in December.

He will be 43-years-old come the first bowl yet Warne continually amazes those who bet on cricket with his ability to maintain a decent level of performance at the top of the game. Although long retired from the international scene, the spinner played in the IPL last year and played a full BBL season with the Stars in the tournament’s inaugural year.

What he lacks in youthful fitness Warne more than makes up for in class and experience, and it seems part of the spinner’s job this season will be to inspire the younger members of his Melbourne squad.

For Warne may now be playing with team-mates not even born when he made his Australian Test debut in 1992; kids who have grown up with him as their cricketing hero and who will look to Warne to offer guidance.

The actual wicket-taking duties will no doubt fall to players like Malinga; the 28-year-old determined to erase a miserable IPL tournament due to a troublesome back strain. Yet Warne should make himself useful with the ball in his hands having taken seven wickets in last year’s BBL at an average of 26.

Although still a few months away, Melbourne’s charge for the BBL title has already started in earnest. Another semi-final birth is certainly achievable with the final in late January a definite possibility.

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